Legislation to bring high-speed broadband to rural Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers have approved a bill that will allow folks in rural communities to have faster internet service.
The Washington Senate passed Senate Bill 5935 Wednesday, which prioritizes high-speed broadband service for all of Washington.
The bill would create a new Office on Broadband Access and launch a study to determine strategies for expanding access and breaking barriers, according to a news release.
“Good broadband service is just as important to rural areas as it is to cities -- if not more so, as we encourage work-from-home as a way to reduce traffic congestion,” said bill sponsor Senator Tim Sheldon.
Lawmakers said funding would come from existing taxes paid by telecommunications providers and federal grants.