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Washington State Broadband Office

Washington State Broadband Office Overview

Washington Broadband Grant Award Status

BEAD: $1.23 B

Washington 5 Year Plan
Initial Proposal v1
3
Initial Proposal v2
4
Challenge Window
5
Application Window
6
Awards Announced

Treasury Capital Projects Fund: $195.7 M

Treasury Approved
2
Application Window
3
Awards Announced

Broadband Office Name:
Washington State Department of Commerce

Washington Broadband Director

Mark Vasconi

About Washington State Department of Commerce

The Statewide Broadband Office is housed within the Department of Commerce. But the leader of the office is appointed by the governor. 
Funding for broadband:

The state legislature enacted a law in 2019 that established the state broadband office. The law defines broadband as networks that provide internet service at speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. It also detailed the responsibilities of the office, among other things. 

The law established funding mechanisms to help get broadband deployed to high cost, unserved areas. 

Washington's broadband funding is administered through grant programs at the state broadband office and through grants and loan programs at the Community Economic Revitalization Board and the Washington State Public Works Board. 

However, it's the broadband office that is administering federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. 

The office is awarding $266 million in broadband infrastructure grants in two funding rounds: One was in October 2021 and the other was April 2022. 

More details and information are available at the Washington State Department of Commerce's web site

Other

The state is also convening a series of Digital Equity Listening Sessions throughout 2022 until October 2022. The goal is to solicit input from tribal representatives and other unserved, underserved, and historically disadvantaged communities on how to help them make the most of the opportunities offered by broadband. 

The state plans to develop strategic and digital equity policy recommendations for the state legislature by based on these series of listening sessions by January 2023. 

Washington Broadband Articles

Washington Broadband Investment Maps

Washington broadband investment map ready strength rank

Washington Map of Ready Strength Rank

Washington broadband investment map yield on cost

Washington Yield on Cost Maps

Washington broadband investment pricing and competition map

Washington Pricing & Competition Map

Washington broadband investment map business establishments

Washington Map of Business Establishments in Underserved Areas

Washington broadband investment map small business establishments

Washington Small Business Establishments Map

Washington broadband investment map REC coverage

Washington Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) Coverage Map

Washington broadband investment map anchor institutions

Washington Map of Anchor Institutions

Washington broadband investment map provider coverage

Washington Provider Coverage Maps

Washington broadband investment map BSLs

Map of Washington Broadband Serviceable Locations