NTIA has allocated $1228M in BEAD funding to Washington.

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The state will also invest $43.7 million of its CPF award to the Public Works Board (PWB) Broadband Program – a program designed to provide high-speed internet in distressed rural counties, or projects in tribal areas. Washington will additionally invest $23.8 million towards the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) Rural Broadband Program to expand last-mile broadband access in rural areas of the state without reliable internet.

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This program makes funding available to cover some construction costs of projects in unserved and underserved areas. Private companies were not allowed to be the sole recipients of funding in the Washington program. Instead, applications had to come from a publicly owned or nonprofit organization such as a public utility district, cooperative or tribe or from partnerships including at least one such entity. Funding awards were generally made to the public or nonprofit entities, with commercial service providers designated as “committed service ISPs.”

The committed ISP will provide internet service to the project area and operate the network, but that does not mean they will necessarily own the infrastructure. The relationship between the applicant and the ISP can take many forms, such as sub-recipients of funding or contractors.

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