Public Works Board approves broadband planning-feasibility study grants

Unserved communities across the state receive $450,000

OLYMPIA, Wash. – At its Dec. 6 board meeting, the Washington State Public Works Board awarded $450,000 in grants for broadband planning-feasibility study projects to nine communities across the state.

When reflecting on this funding cycle, board chair Scott Hutsell said, “This is another step toward accomplishing the governor’s vision of all Washington residents being served with quality broadband access. In our modern society, access to broadband internet is a vital resource that touches all aspects of life from personal health and safety to education and economic welfare.”

The awarded projects are as follows.


Project Name


Jefferson County PUD

Phase 2 – Business Plan Development


Port of Ilwaco

Pacific County Broadband Feasibility Planning


Town of Skykomish

Broadband Feasibility Planning Study


Grays Harbor PUD



Pend Oreille County PUD

North Pend Oreille County Feasibility Study


Port of Ridgefield

Port of Ridgefield


Ellensburg Business Development Authority

Centerfuse Broadband Expansion


Northwest Open Access Network

Grandview Broadband Feasibility Study


Port of Skagit

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe Dark Fiber Optic Needs Assessment and Feasibility




The board received applications requesting $775,000 for 16 different projects. The board approved all projects that scored above the minimum rating threshold.

Visit the Public Works Board webpage for more information on the board and its programs.


Shelley Westall, Broadband Program Director, 360-725-3162

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