Islanders who were living here in 2000, may remember the big decision OPALCO faced about whether to purchase more fiber optic lines than the co-op's system required.
The forward-thinking board voted unanimously to purchase 12 fibers. The decision had to be made then in order to be done as part of the new electrical lines Bonneville was installing.
A dozen years later, when a communication crisis hit the residents who fought against the purchase - it wasn't needed, new technology would soon make fiber optic obsolete - have been proved wrong. The progressive decision made by the OPALCO board looks wiser than ever.
Posted below are two stories, one from 2000 and the other from 2001. Also posted is the OPALCO Fiber Optic Mission and Vision Statement.