Washington state considers new broadband program to expand internet access to underserved communities

A bill that would establish a dedicated Broadband Office to expand internet access in Washington state is working its way through the legislature at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee.

Here are some key provisions of the bill:

  • Establishes a competitive grant and loan program to fund broadband infrastructure projects

  • Establishes a Statewide Broadband Office under the governor to serve as the nerve center for broadband planning in the state

  • Sets a goal of providing high-speed broadband to all Washington residences and businesses by 2024

  • Empowers the state to regulate rates, terms, and conditions of telecommunications providers