CARES COVID-19 LIMITED GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE. PUD 3 is a subrecipient of federal CARES funds from the County for PUD 3 residential customers who have suffered a financial hardship directly related to COVID-19. Funds are limited and available to qualifying applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Apply for the federal funds by filling out an application or calling PUD 3 customer service. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2020 and award payments will be applied as a credit to the eligible applicant's utility account by December of 2020. To learn more about eligibility, visit the PUD 3 Assistance Page. See how PUD 3 is responding to COVID-19 here.
There are literally thousands of Mason County residents that have asked PUD 3 how it can help bring high speed broadband to unserved or underserved areas of Mason County.
The PUD Fiberhood program is one answer to this dilemma.
To pay for the extension of gigabit broadband service to communities and homes, Fiberhood participants pay a $25 “construction adder” each month for 12 years. It shows up on the bill from the customer’s internet service provider.
U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Elsie Stefanik (R-NY) are sponsoring the “Broadband for All Act” in congress that would allow Fiberhood participants to take a 75 percent tax credit to cover costs of extending broadband to their neighborhoods or communities.
The bill (H.R.6442) would make Fiberhood customers eligible for a 75% tax credit on their “construction adder” charges, greatly cutting the cost to hook up.
Please lend your support of the “Broadband for All Act.” It will help bring high speed broadband services to rural areas all across the country. Look below this paragraph! Make a selection in the form and hit submit.
If you have questions about the bill, please feel free to research below, or contact Representative Kilmer.