Rock Island offers internet on Eastsound Green for free

Submitted by Rock Island

Rock Island Communications, the only provider of fiber-optic broadband in San Juan County, announced last week that high-speed wireless internet is now accessible on the Orcas Island Village Green at no cost to users at Saturday’s Farmers Market.

“Thanks to Dona Wuthnow, Parks & Fair Director for San Juan County, and County Councilman Rick Hughes, we were able to make this dream a reality,” said Dan Burke, SVP of Marketing and Support for the company. “Rock Island has installed a fiber-backed Wi-Fi internet service that will support up to 1,000 simultaneous users with 30 Mbps downloads or grater! This is a stadium-grade system that will empower both sellers and visitors to share their experiences, conduct commerce and connect with our local vendors socially. Gone are the days of poor connectivity at the Saturday market.”

Just select the SSID named, “Access Rock Island” on your device and you will automatically be connected to Rock Island’s Wi-Fi network. There is no password required. Wi-Fi access is totally free to those who want to connect to it during the Saturday market.

The fiber-fed “Access Rock Island” Wi-Fi network is also available at the Friday Harbor, Orcas, Shaw and Lopez ferry landings as a community service to locals and visitors alike, as well as additional strategic areas around the county.

Groups and individuals can learn more about getting connected to Rock Island’s fiber or Fixed Wireless services online at