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Washington Rural Broadband Program

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Washington State Department of Commerce
May 15, 2023

Janea Stark

Barbara Smith


The Washington State Department of Commerce provides low interest loan or loan/grant packages to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service to rural underserved communities for the purpose of community economic development.

Eligible projects are those that encourage, foster, develop, and improve broadband in order to:

  • Drive job creation, promote innovation, and expand markets for local businesses
  • Serve the ongoing and growing needs of local education systems, healthcare systems, public safety systems, industries and businesses, governmental operations, and citizens
  • Improve accessibility for underserved communities and populations

Eligible applicants include:

  • Cities and towns
  • Counties
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Municipal corporations
  • Quasi-municipal corporations
  • Public port districts
  • Special purpose districts
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The loan maximum is $3,000,000 per project. Grants are available up to 50% of the total award, determined by the underwriting process and debt service coverage ratio.

Applicants must demonstrate feasibility with a supporting study and provide a cash match of 20% of the total project cost.

For loans:

  • Interest rates: 1-3%
  • Term: Up to 20 years
Application process

Links to additional guidance are available on the program website. Submit applications online.

Tagged as
Broadband · Community and economic development · Infrastructure · Washington

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