Northwest Open Access Network

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Northwest Open Access Network
Industry Telecommunications
Genre Open-access network
Founded c. 1999, Washington State
Area served
Pacific Northwest

Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) is an open-access network in the United States Pacific Northwest region. It provides wholesale wide-area and last-mile bandwidth on optic fiber and other means from pooled Public Utility District (PUD) assets, as well as over 30 colocation centers. It was formed c. 1999 and began operating in 2000 on Bonneville Power Administration-owned fiber.[1] By 2015, it had over 3,000 miles (4,800 km) of fiber.[2]

Membership consists of the following Washington State PUDs: Benton County Public Utility District, Energy Northwest, Kitsap County PUD, Pend Oreille County PUD, Franklin County PUD, Mason County PUD, Clallam County PUD, Okanogan County PUD, Jefferson County PUD and Pacific County PUD. Grant, Chelan and Douglas PUDs have left the organization.[3]

NoaNet Oregon began operating in 2004, also on Bonneville Power Administration fiber.[4]

By 2010, NoaNet had received over $100 million in Federal grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.[5] By 2015 it had completed a four year $180 million National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant.[6]

NoaNet connects to the Internet at Seattle Internet Exchange and Northwest Access Exchange in Portland.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Sliz, Deborah; Lindsay, Scott M. (November 1, 1999), "BPA's Fiber Optics Can Help Rural Northwest Economically", Bulletin, archived from the original on November 20, 2018 – via HighBeam (subscription required)CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Need for speed: Broadband comes to rural areas", The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, September 16, 2012
  3. ^ Cameron Probert (June 18, 2014), Grant PUD declines request to support credit, leaves NoaNet, iFiberOne News
  4. ^ Adam Haas (March 17, 2002), NoaNet Oregon brings service to rural areas, Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, archived from the original on February 14, 2018 – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  5. ^ "High-speed broadband coming to all corners of Washington State", Fiber Optics Weekly Update, August 20, 2010, archived from the original on February 14, 2018 – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  6. ^ 2017 Washington State Auditor report citing Moss-Adams CPA December 3, 2015 reports p 8
  7. ^ Peering DB (SIX peers), accessed 2018-02-13
  8. ^ Peering DB (NWAX peers), accessed 2018-02-13
  9. ^ Member list, Northwest Access Exchange

External links

  • Official website
  • Tackling the Digital Divide in the Pacific Northwest National Telecommunications and Information Administration blog (March 25, 2016)
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