The Port of Tillamook Bay is served by an advanced telecommunications system, thanks to Tillamook Lightwave.
POTB is a member of a consortium that has been working to ensure that Tillamook County has access to ample high-speed telecommunications. That consortium — Tillamook Lightwave — is an intergovernmental agency whose other members are Tillamook County and Tillamook Peoples Utilities District.
The goal of Lightwave is to create a high-speed telecommunication system that will promote economic development, distance learning and tele-medicine opportunities in Tillamook County and improve its overall connectivity.
Tillamook Lightwave currently serves such organizations as Tillamook County government, County Emergency Services and 911, Tillamook School District, Tillamook County General Hospital, Tillamook Bay Community College and several local businesses.
Each member of the partnership has a specific role to fill:
- TPUD provides engineering, marketing, billing services, administrative support and assists with access to public funds.
- The Port provides administrative support and assists with access to public funds.
- Tillamook County facilitates the permitting process, provides financial support, provides access to their microwave system and assists with access to public funds.