Rural Oregon's investment in high-speed Internet access is beginning to pay dividends.And they've got options on 3 other tracts in the region.
On Wednesday, Google Inc. agreed to pay $1.87 million for 30 acres of industrial-zoned land at the Port of The Dalles. Officials in Wasco County expect the Internet search engine giant to bring to the Columbia River Gorge community between 50 and 100 jobs paying an average of $60,000 annually in wages and benefits, twice the county's average income.
The Googles of the new economy have to have fast, cheap broadband. Communities that want to attract them have to have fiber.