Washington State Broadband Office

In recognition that broadband access is critical to the residents of Washington, RCW 43.330.532 establishes the Washington State Broadband Office and tasks it with promoting access and achieving download/upload speed goals for residences, businesses and communities.

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Internet for All in Washington

The Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO), through consultation with other state agencies and extensive public engagement, developed a Five-Year Action Plan and a state Digital Equity Plan for universal, reliable, high-speed Internet. These two plans establish eligibility for federal funding to deliver significant investments for expanding broadband access and help close the digital divide in Washington. Learn more about the Internet for All in Washington initiative and how to engage with the Broadband Office.

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.

Broadband Infrastructure Funding and Services

Images from the groundbreaking ceremony for the Northern Hood Canal Fiber Extension Project. This project is funded by a National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Infrastructure Program grant received by the Washington State Broadband Office.

 

Hood Canal Ribbon-Cutting

Congratulations to Hood Canal Communications on the ribbon-cutting for the Northern Hood Canal Fiber Extension in Jefferson County.
The project will provide new fiber optic cable to provide fast, reliable internet service to communities that did not have it before.
Commerce’s Washington State Broadband Office provided a $10 million grant towards the estimated $12.6 million project. The project will provide broadband service to 862 homes.
View the ribbon-cutting event.
This award was part of the WSBO’s $30 million last-mile fiber and last-mile wireless grant. Let’s continue to bridge the digital divide and ensure everyone has access to affordable and reliable broadband in Washington.

Lewis County First Connection Celebration

Congratulations to Lewis County and ToledoTel on completing their first broadband connection with the Winlock Broadband Expansion project.
Lewis County received $23.5 million from WSBO to complete the work. County leaders marked the milestone with a ribbon-cutting event in early May 2024.
“This is a unique partnership between local government and the private sector that has brought tangible results to the people of Lewis County,” said Scott Brummer, Lewis County Commissioner.
Read the full release for more information about this important work.

The WSBO is one of 13 projects awarded funding from the NTIA Broadband Infrastructure Program. Washington will receive $30 million for last-mile fiber and last-mile wireless projects that aim to overcome barriers to broadband access and connectivity in five rural counties of the state: Ferry, Jefferson, Kittitas, Okanogan and Stevens, serving an estimated 7,196 unserved households. These counties were selected following through a 2019 assessment – part of our collaborative work between WSBO, Public Works Board and CERB to provide universal high-speed internet access throughout the state by 2024.

Affordable Connectivity Program and Lifeline

Affordability is a significant barrier for many people when it comes to broadband internet access. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and Lifeline are programs designed to assist households reduce their subscription costs. To assist Washington residents in understanding and accessing these programs, the WSBO has created a webpage dedicated to the Affordable Connectivity Program and Lifeline.

Digital Equity

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Digital Navigators Program

The State Broadband Office has partnered with four community organizations to bring trusted guides who assist community members in internet adoption and the use of computing devices.

Digital Equity Forum

The WSBO and the Office of Equity are partnering on a Digital Equity Forum to advance digital equity in Washington.

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Municipal Retail Broadband

The Washington Legislature recently enacted two bills related to public entities’ provision of retail telecommunications services to help bridge the digital divide.

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Drive-in Wifi Hotspots

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.

Broadband Action Teams Information

Broadband Action Teams (BAT) are community-driven collaborations that identify the connectivity and accessibility needs for their communities. A BAT can help a community:

  • Centralize the broadband conversation and direct engagement to the State Broadband Office.
  • Assist statewide digital equity and inclusion efforts and represent community technology and accessibility needs.
  • Connect participants to collaborative project goals.
  • Bring early awareness of community projects to funding opportunities.

Broadband Action Teams (BAT) List (PDF)

Please note that not all counties have an active Bat. Not seeing your BAT on this page? Please email wsbo@commerce.wa.gov to have your group listed!

Need help?

When will broadband service be available at my location?

There is no single “right” answer to how broadband reaches a community. Every community approaches broadband in their own way and at their own pace as resources allow. Here are a few suggested places where you can make local contact to ask about what plans may be in place for your community.

Contact your local elected officials: Look on your county/city/town website for contact information for commissioners and other elected officials.

Your community may have a port, and the port may be working on broadband. See if your community has a port here:

Find Your Port — Washington Public Ports Association (washingtonports.org)

Your community may have a public utility district, and the public utility district may be working on broadband. See if your community has a public utility district here:

FAQs (wpuda.org) (scroll down to find a list of PUDs)

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission may have additional information. Get started at these links:

Email us at: wsbo@commerce.wa.gov

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Our Mission

To enrich the lives of all Washington state residents and businesses by ensuring they have access to affordable, reliable, redundant and scalable/future proof broadband technologies ensuring the economic viability of both urban and rural Washington state today and into the future.

State speed goals

It is the goal of the state of Washington under RCW 43.330.536:

  • By 2024: 25/3 megabits per second (Mbps) scalable to all residences and businesses
  • By 2026: 1/1 gigabit per second (Gbps) all anchor institutions
  • By 2028: 150/150 Mbps all residents and businesses

Broadband funding

NTIA

Resources

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