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The  Washington State Broadband Office was closed on December 31, 2014.
The  office was created in November of 2009 through a five-year grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The office was charged with coordination, programming, and outreach on broadband issues in the state. The total federal funding for the program was $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 was updated every six months. The data is now available on the National Broadband Map.
  • In 2013 the office awarded the second of two annual rounds of $300,000 in grants for local technology planning teams. The office also sponsored the Evergreen Apps Challenge in 2012. The contest encouraged development of applications using public data.
  • 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.

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