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
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.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers in Washington
How to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (PDF)
Washington State Broadband Office EBB Program fact sheet (PDF)
Federal Communication Commission’s EBB webpage
Program contact: EBBinfo@commerce.wa.gov
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 is accepting applications for broadband infrastructure construction grants and loans July 13 through Sept. 9. Approximately $9.1 million is available for low-interest loans and $8.6 million for grants.
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