The Washington State Broadband Office was created in November of 2009 through a five-year grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The office is charged with coordination, programming, and outreach on broadband issues in the state. The total federal funding for the program is $7.3 million administrated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
In 2010, office launched the state’s first interactive and searchable map
showing broadband availability in our state by provider, technology and advertised speeds. The map is updated every six months.
In January of 2014, the broadband program released its fourth annual report on broadband
in Washington. The Broadband Office’s annual reports include information on broadband availability, changes to the broadband eco-system in the last 12 months and how we compare to other states and leading countries in our access and use of broadband.