State and federal activity around broadband connectivity and COVID-19

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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 for health care, education, and essential services. It also recognized that broadband access enhances public health and safety, while providing economic opportunities. The bill directed three state agencies to work in collaboration to meet the goal of providing access to affordable broadband to all residents. Statewide Collaboration Fact Sheet

Washington state needs to understand coverage areas in our state so we know which areas to focus on. We need your help! Take the speed test below, then fill out the survey  with your speed test information. We’ll use this to map speeds statewide.

Speed test

Please read these instructions before taking the speed test and completing the survey:

  • If you are on a desktop computer connected to your home or business internet service, continue to the speed test and survey.
  • If you are on a mobile device (i.e. smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.), please ensure that you are connected to the internet via wifi (if available) before taking the speed test and survey.

Broadband Survey

Governor’s Statewide Broadband Office

Washington's Statewide Broadband Office working to connect all of our communities to high-speed internet.

The Governor’s Statewide Broadband Office functions as the central broadband planning body for the state and is responsible for the overarching policy vision.

Public Works Board Broadband

 

The Public Works Board establishes a competitive grant and loan program to assist in funding acquisition, installation and construction infrastructure and promotes the expansion of access to broadband service in unserved areas of the state.