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By Emma Epperly
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Senate votes to create broadband office

 

March 13, 2019



A statewide broadband office would be created under legislation passed by the Washington state Senate in a unanimous vote last Wednesday.

Senate Bill 5511 would establish the Governor’s Statewide Broadband Office, require the Public Works Board to create a grant and loan program, and modify the state Universal Communications Services Program, along with other changes.

The expansions to the Universal Communication Services Program would cost $5 million annually and if the money is not used in any given year the funds would rollover.

The Public Works Board grant and load program could be awarded to local governments, tribes, nonprofits, and multiparty entities, among other groups. The pro...



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