Rep. Mary Dye’s broadband bill passes the Senate unanimously

House Bill 2664 awaits final signature from the Governor

Rural Washingtonians are one-step closer to having access to reliable high-speed internet. A measure sponsored by Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy removes the restrictive definition of “rural” from the existing statute and lets all ports build optical fiber networks to homes and businesses where in the past private companies had difficulty financing these projects.

Ports now can build optical fiber infrastructure to reach underserved communities across the state.

House Bill 2664 now heads to Gov. Inslee's desk for signature.

Rep. Dye provided the following statement on the unprecedented unanimous vote of her bill:

“We need broadband. The rural ports that built broadband in their communities have a great success story to tell. Ports connected rural communities through open access networks that allowed many companies to use the network and we are seeing new businesses come to town.

Now all ports can work to serve areas that are still left without access to fiber networks.

Ports partner with local internet service providers, telephone companies and cell phone providers who give rural residents access to the technologies needed to be competitive in our global digital economy.

This is a major victory for rural Washingtonians.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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