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Tuesday, November 25, 2003


Grant County PUD update

What a difference an editor can make:

Last week I noted that the Columbia Basin Herald could find little good to say about grant County Public Utility District's Zipp network or the management of the utility. Their latest article dwelt largely on more sniping at the management over the fiber optic network.

I was still surprised to see an article from another newspaper, The Star of Grand Coulee, covering the same meeting. Instead of focusing on disaffected opponents of the Zipp network, they thought that the biggest news was instead:
  • Power rates would remain stable next year [at 3.4 cents per
    kilowatt hour, they're among the lowest in the world!],
  • Power rates would likely remain stable for another 8 years,
  • The utility's hydro-electric dam relicensing remains critical to the utility.
After these major items, the Star also noted at the end of its' article that the PUD would continue expanding the Zipp FTTH (fiber to the home) network and that the Zipp network was now financially separated from the PUD's core electric business.

I found the difference in editorial priorities striking.


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