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New Partnerships are Bringing Broadband and Digital Resources to Rural Washington

WENATCHEE – Governor Jay Inslee visited Wenatchee on Friday to discuss digital equity at the NCW Tech Alliance, a nonprofit organization connecting rural communities to technology resources. Democratic and Republican legislators, technology experts, and nonprofit agencies all joined the roundtable to discuss efforts for expanding rural broadband access. 

NCW Tech Alliance, in partnership with Microsoft Techspark, discussed one such project – Project iLumina, a campaign to bring science, technology, engineering, and math as well as entrepreneurship resources to rural and underserved communities in North Central Washington. 

The state has an aggressive goal to achieve universal access to high-speed internet by 2028. As part of this effort, the state last year launched a new Office of Digital Equity to help people gain digital literacy skills and access to connected devices. One of the most important and easiest ways to help rural communities access federal funding is to show where the gaps are.

People can take this one-minute “access and speed survey” that helps local governments make the case for grant funding.