Statewide broadband — a collaborative effort
In 2019, the Washington State Legislature enacted Second Substitute Senate Bill 5511, recognizing that broadband access is critical to the residents of Washington. The bill directed three state agencies to work in collaboration to meet the goal of providing access to affordable broadband to all residents.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.
This Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Guide is a resource for providers of low-income services who are working with individuals who may qualify for the EBB program. This guide includes information on program benefits, how to apply and where to learn more about specific EBBP topics.
EBBP Program Guide (PDF)
This notice is to help EBB Program participants and prospective participants avoid predatory activity related to the program and unexpected charges for internet service when the program ends.
EBBP Consumer Notice (PDF)
EBB Program Links
Search for Emergency Broadband Benefit providers in your area (web)
List of Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers in Washington (web)
Federal Communication Commission’s EBB webpage (web)
USAC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Adoption Enrollments and Claims Tracker (web)
Washington State Broadband Access and Speed Survey
The Washington State Broadband Office mapping initiative will help identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal to have universal broadband access in Washington by 2024. Take the 1-minute access and speed survey
Drive-in WiFi Hotspots Location Finder
In response to the impacts of COVID-19, Drive-In WiFi Hotspots provide free temporary, emergency internet access for Washingtonians who do not have broadband service to their homes. Visit the location finder.
Public Works Board Broadband Construction Grant and Loan Cycle
The Washington State Public Works Board broadband infrastructure construction grants and loans cycle will open in 2021.
CERB Rural Broadband Program
Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) provides low-interest loan/grant packages to local governments and federally-recognized Indian tribes, financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service, to rural underserved communities, for the purpose of community economic development.
Public Works Board – State Broadband Infrastructure Funding
CERB – Rural Broadband Construction and Planning Funding
2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Window: How to File
USDA ReConnect Loan and Grant Program
ReConnect Program Eligible Area Map
USDA Community Connect Grants
USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants
NTIA Comprehensive Guide to Federal Broadband Funding