WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with Kirkland-based Ziply Fiber have announced they will be upgrading their existing copper wire networks to ultra-high-speed fiber-optic in 17 markets across Washington and Oregon beginning later this year. These markets, according to a press release, include Birch Bay, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale and Maple Falls.
The upgrades, according to company officials, will provide consumers access to Ziply’s “Gig-speed” internet service, and 2-gig and 5-gig residential internet service. Ziply is currently offering their high-speed internet access services without annual contracts nor data caps according to a press release.
As for when these new services will be available, officials say network design and permitting is expected to be complete later this year. Afterwards, trucks and crews will begin to run fiber between telephone poles and underground. This work is expected to take several months and includes upgrading equipment in existing the company’s central offices.
The upgrades are part of Ziply’s $500 million investment to upgrade its network and services in the Northwest since acquiring Frontier Communications’ northwest operations and assets in 2020.