The Washington State Public Works Board announced nearly $18 million in grants and loans for seven broadband construction projects in communities across the state.
Among that funding includes the over $2 million loan to the Port of Ilwaco.
Applicants requested more than $73 million for 29 different projects, and the board approved qualified projects from a rated and ranked list until all available program funds were exhausted.
Demand exceeded available funds by more than 300%.
Projects awarded funding at the Oct. 23 board meeting are:
Funding announced is part of the 2019 State Legislature’s $21 million public infrastructure investment to connect communities with little or no reliable, affordable broadband service.
To learn more about current efforts to map access, affordability and internet speeds throughout the state, provide free drive-up community Wi-Fi spots, and more, visit the Washington Broadband Office website at www.broadband.wa.gov.
Visit the Public Works Board webpage for more information on the board and its programs.