From Fierce Telecom: Washington State is moving ahead with the expansion of its Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) middle-mile network.

NoaNet's middle-mile network is designed to extend broadband services to various community anchor institutions, including 170 communities and 2,000 schools hospitals, emergency responders, libraries, colleges and universities.

In addition, the new network expansion effort will serve as complementary foundation to enable other rural service providers to deliver their own broadband services to their businesses and residential customers. Read the entire article here.