Broadband in Washington 2019
- 2019 Legislative Session
- State Broadband Policy
- Role of the Governor’s Statewide Broadband Office (SBO)
- State Definitions, Standards, and Broadband Goals
- Role of the Public Works Board
- State Investment Priorities
- Organization and Structure at the State level
- Governor's Statement - ReConnect
- Access: Infrastructure + Availability
- What Providers have Built
- What People Experience
- Adoption: Digital Inclusion + Workforce Skills
- Digital Skills at the State Library
- Rural Technology though Washington State University
- Community: Leadership and Context
- Broadband by Extension
- Community Specific Leadership
- Data Resources
- Previous Broadband Reports
2019 Legislative session
State Broadband Policy
Role of the Governor’s Statewide Broadband Office (SBO)
State Definitions, Standards, and Broadband Goals
of the Public Works Board
State Investment Priorities
Governor's Statement- ReConnect
- Washington State's broadband plan is up-to-date and published on the internet; please see https://privacy.wa.gov/broadband-plan
- Procedures are in place within the Governor’s Office Of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (https://www.oria.wa.gov)
to expedite administrative activities if necessary, for completing
rights-of-way and environmental permitting requirements for the project,
in order to meet USDA's project build-out timelines.
Access: Infrastructure + Availability
What Providers Have Built
FCC maps and data
Private Investment: $1.9B
Federally Supported Service
Federally Supported Projects
State Supported Projects - CERB
- Mason County – $408,325 loan and $408,324 grant to Mason County PUD #3 for the Mason County Rural Broadband Fiber Expansion. This rural broadband program project consists of construction and extension of open-access ready-to-connect fiber networks to six unserved rural communities in Mason County. CERB funds were matched by $150,000 local resources.
- Skagit County – $500,000 loan and $500,000 grant to the Port of Skagit County for the Skagit Community Fiber Optic Backbone. This rural broadband program project consists of construction of segment 6 of the county-wide fiber optic backbone, connecting the Town of Concrete to the backbone point in the Town of Hamilton. CERB funds were matched by $2.3 million in local resources.
- Whitman County – $750,000 loan and $250,000 grant to the Port of Whitman County for the Last-Mile Fiber Construction project. This rural broadband program project consists of construction of aerial fiber on existing poles to five rural communities in Whitman County. CERB funds were matched by $2 million in local resources.
State Universal Communications Support
Local public utilities
What People Experience
Microsoft Study of FCC data
Communities in WA
Range of Results in WA
Population by the Numbers
Area: 66,452.7 mi2
Overall Density: 108 persons/mi
Income and Poverty
Median Household Income: $66,174 ± 272
Household Poverty Rate: 11.60% ± 0.18%
Practical Scholarship on the Digital Divide
Anchor Institutions Map
Small Towns and Tribal Communities Need Broadband
- Employers can save over $11,000 per half-time telecommuter per year. Across the existing work-at-home population, that potentially adds up to $44 billion in savings. If the telecommuting workforce expanded to include those who could and wanted to work from home, the potential employer savings could approach $690 million a year.
- Existing telecommuters reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking over 600,000 cars off the road for a year. If the work-at-home workforce expanded to include those who could and wanted to telecommute half of the time, the GHG savings would equate to taking 10 million cars off the road.
- Half-time telecommuters gain back 11 days a year—time they would have otherwise spent commuting.
- Reduced traffic congestion and road wear and tear
- Lower unemployment and under-employment, particularly among the disabled, military families, senior caregivers, and others with special flexibility needs
- Increase productivity by reducing traffic delays
- Slow the outbound migration of citizens in geographically isolated areas, vacation communities, and places that have suffered a collapse of core industries.
- Reduce crime by increasing daytime presence of homeowners
Broadband Goes with Growth
- The Blandin Foundation's 2018 study "Measuring Impact of Broadband in 5 Rural MN Communities"
- European Union Broadband Vision document "Socio-Economic Benefits of High Speed Broadband"
- Econometric study of impact "The economic impact of broadband: evidence from OECD countries"
Broadband Benefits Business
- 55% of businesses and organizations said broadband is
essential for remaining in current location;
- 38% of households said they would definitely/likely
relocate if broadband was not available;
- 32% of households work from home or have a home- based
business, with 14% planning to start in the coming year;
- Employed FTTH users say they work 1.3 extra days per
month from home (on average); and
- 13% of FTTH users have a home-based business with over
$10,000 estimated incremental income from FTTH.
Regulatory Assistance Available
Adoption: Digital Inclusion + Workforce Skills
State Library and WSU Lead Statewide Digital Inclusion Efforts
Digital Skills at the State Library:
Workforce Connector sites:
Online technology training
Online, 24/7 Reference:
Virtual library staff
Rural Technology through Washington State University Extension
MS National 4-H Tech
Tech Expo - Rural network tech shows
Pathways to Prosperity - Distributed Conferences
Community: Leadership + Context
Broadband by Extension - WSU
Right of Way Coordination at WSDOT
OneNet / Firstnet / Tribal Collaboration
K-20 Education Network
Pierce County Access Evaluation
North Olympic Symposium
Stevens County Broadband Plan '17
Lincoln County Broadband Plan '17
White Center Report 2017
Seattle Tech Access Study 2018
Two Rivers Fire Camp Study
Stevens County Broadband Survey
National broadband data from FCC
This map shows carrier-reported fixed broadband service in Washington state. The Federal Communications Commission's principal data collection tool is Form 477, which reports technologies and speeds offered by providers in aggregate geographical areas across the country. The data is open, and extensive mapping tools are provided by the agency.
Replicated for the NW
Where Washingtonians use the Internet
University of Washington students studied census data in 2017 to discover where and how Americans use the internet. Their interactive visualization below offers a quick insight into internet use behavior by Washingtonians of varying age groups.
Seattle Tech Study Data 2018
City of Seattle's periodic Technology Access Study comes with rich data visualization options and downloadable datasets.