by Brent Grening, CEO

I have a friend whose favorite question is, “what’s next”? He even named his boat Proximo – Latin for “next”. If you’re a sailor, it’s a good idea to keep a look out for what’s ahead and be prepared for what’s next. It’s also a good question if you are in economic development. What’s next? What opportunities lie ahead? Are we prepared?

When we look ahead, we see increasing demand for high-speed, high-band- width, high-quality connectivity. Whether you’re online at home, at work, shopping, or just watching a movie on TV, data is flowing. As we spend more time online and the internet of things explodes, the amount of data flowing from one point to another grows exponentially.

Broadband connectivity is fast becoming a basic piece of community infrastructure – having the technology in place and knowing how to use it is imperative. Broadband connectivity is going to change the way we work, play and live. Technological advances will transform the way we access healthcare. It will do the same for education, research, entrepreneurship, and even transportation and government.

This is why the port has taken on the challenge of building a fiber optic network. We won’t be your ISP, but we will help you connect to the ISP of your choice. Our goal is that you have plenty of high-quality bandwidth. If you need to move a gigabyte of data, we want you to be able to do it from here. More bandwidth makes sense for our people, our community and our economy.