Digital Equity Forum

Washington state is listening to community ideas for ways to advance digital equity.

Access to broadband services is essential and Washington residents are still struggling to get online. The state’s goal is to provide all residents access to high-speed broadband – 150 Megabits per second download and upload – by 2028.

The Washington State Office of Equity and the Washington State Broadband Office are partnering to convene and co-chair a Digital Equity Forum. The forum will include representation by:

  • Tribal governments
  • Underserved and unserved communities, including historically disadvantaged communities
  • State legislators
  • State Agencies

The Digital Equity Forum expects to meet through November 2022 and will hold listening sessions to ensure that community stories and voices are heard. Listening sessions will reflect different community perspectives and interests for broadband access, affordability, and digital literacy.

We invite the public to participate in meetings and listening sessions over the next year. Meetings may be conducted in person or virtually. Information and materials will be posted here as they are made available. 

By January 2023, the Digital Equity Forum will develop recommendations for the Legislature. The forum will consider all voices in developing recommendations that:

To learn more about the work of the Digital Equity Forum and how to become involved, email us at: digitalequity@commerce.wa.gov


Email Updates

For email updates, please email digitalequity@commerce.wa.gov
and ask to be added to our distribution list. 

When will the Digital Equity Forum meet?

Due to the statewide emergency related to COVID-19 meetings are planned to be held virtually. If in-person meetings become possible, the time and location will be updated on this project website. The schedule is subject to change.

The meeting agenda and recording for the December 9th meeting can be found below. 

Watch the Forum

Passcode:digitalequity!1

Digital Equity Forum Meeting Packet

National Digital Inclusion Alliance Presentation

Digital Equity Forum Meeting Recap

Information on how to participate and attend these meetings, as well as any changes to the schedule will be provided on this project website as well as sent out to a distribution list. 

Dr. Karen Johnson
Director
Washington State Office of Equity
karen.johnson@equity.wa.gov
360.480.7453

Ernie Rasmussen
Digital Equity Manager
Washington State Broadband Office
ernie.rasmussen@commerce.wa.gov
360.764.3182