Broadband Resources and Funding

Commerce, the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), and the Public Works Board (PWB) are dedicated to closing the digital divide. From mapping to planning and construction, we have the resources and technical support to realize the state goal of connecting every household and business.

Connecting the state to high speed broadband is a key goal for these three agencies because broadband fosters economic development and vitality, job creation, and supports Washington businesses in local, regional, and global markets. It allows students to access educational opportunities, fosters telemedicine and is a key component in public safety.

FCC Broadband Mapping

The Washington State Broadband Office, Community Economic Revitalization Board and Public Works Board are encouraging the public to review and verify or challenge the information for their location on the recently published FCC National Broadband Map. The accuracy of this map is critical for future broadband funding allocations. Step by step guidance has been made available.

Commerce Washington State Broadband Office Logo

Funding: Grants

Funding Cycle: Competitive – Open 11/22/2022
Next Cycle: 11/22/2022 – 1/17/2023

Eligible Activities:
Eligible construction projects that provide high-speed broadband infrastructure that meets the state’s speed goals of 150 Megabytes (MBps) symmetrical by 2028. Projects must be deployed in unserved communities across the state.

Eligible Applicants:
Local governments
Federally recognized Tribes
Nonprofit organizations
Nonprofit cooperative organizations
Public/private partnerships

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Funding: Loans/Grants

Funding Cycle: Non-competitive – Open
Next Cycle: Continuous

Eligible Activities:
Eligible construction projects are those that provide high-speed broadband service access to unserved and underserved populations in rural communities across the state.

Eligible Applicants:
Local governments
Federally recognized Tribes

Requirements:
All applicants must have a committed internet service provider.

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Washington State Public Works Board logo

Funding: Loans/Grants

Funding Cycle: Competitive – Closed
Next Cycle: 2023

Eligible Activities:
Eligible construction projects are those that provide high-speed broadband service access to unserved populations in rural and urban communities across the state.

Eligible Applicants:
Local governments
Federally recognized Tribes
Nonprofit organizations
Cooperative associations
LLCs organized to expand broadband
Incorporated businesses or partnerships

Requirements:
All applicants must notify project area internet service providers at least six weeks prior to application.

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