Port of Ridgefield to Host Dark Fiber Info Session June 28

Port of Ridgefield

The Port of Ridgefield has been making headway in its efforts to develop high-speed dark fiber infrastructure for the benefit of Ridgefield area citizens and business. For many, the term “dark fiber” is technical mumbo-jumbo that has no direct effect on their daily lives.

Nelson Holmberg, vice president, innovation for the Port of Ridgefield, knows otherwise. To help bring dark fiber out of the shadowy world of misunderstanding into the light of day, the port is hosting a public information session about the port’s fiber development project, and its significance to the Ridgefield community and beyond.

“Moving information at the highest speeds possible affects many aspects of the world we live in today,” Holmberg said. “And to be competitive in a global economy, having this technology available to our community is critical.”   Dark Riber

On an educational mission to meet with Port of Whitman County officials in eastern Washington last summer, representatives of the Port of Ridgefield learned about Whitman County’s successful 16-year foray into fiber network construction and leasing. More meetings later, and with a lay of the local fiber landscape in hand, the Port of Ridgefield decided to look at the concept for Ridgefield.

In addition to an introduction and status report of the port’s fiber development project by Holmberg, the event will feature a panel discussion to explain what dark fiber is, why the port is undertaking the project, why the project is important to WSU-Vancouver and to private industry in the area.

Panelists confirmed-to-date are Joe Poire, chief executive officer, Port of Whitman County; Michael Stamper, chief information officer, Washington State University Vancouver; and Mike Bomar, president, Columbia River Economic Development Council.

The dark fiber public session will be held Tuesday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield, located at 115 N Main Ave. A reception precedes the panel discussion.

All are welcome. To insure adequate seating is available, RSVP by June 23 by calling (360) 887-3873 or email wbaldwin@portridgefield.org.

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