The Pasco City Council on Monday authorized an agreement that soon may bring local U.S. Cellular customers a 4G LTE data network.
The council unanimously agreed to give LightSpeed Networks of Portland a franchise agreement allowing the broadband wholesaler to operate in the city.
Leif Hansen, a representative for LightSpeed, told the council at a recent public hearing that the company plans to extend fiber optic lines to cellular carrier towers for 4G LTE broadband service, which can transmit data at up to 10 times the speed of 3G data networks.
Although Hansen didn't identify the cellular company LightSpeed is working with, an April 9 staff report from Stan Strebel, deputy city manager, identifies the carrier as U.S. Cellular, and U.S. Cellular's website notes that some cities in Washington are scheduled to have access to 4G LTE in the second half of this year.
U.S. Cellular currently offers 4G LTE service in parts of Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Maine, North Carolina and Iowa, the company website stated.
Hansen told the council May 7 that the agreement with Pasco is LightSpeed's first foray into Washington but that the company similarly has approached towns up and down the Yakima Valley.
Also Monday, the council voted to grant a franchise to Northwest Open Access Network and to extend the time period for a development to obtain a final plat from seven years to nine years.