Broadband and Digital Equity Planning Support
The Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO) has partnered with Washington State University (WSU) Extension to support the capacity of BATs and Tribes in the development of Broadband and Digital Equity Action Plans. These plans will provide a local framework for planning and implementing projects to expand broadband infrastructure and ensure that everyone has an equitable opportunity to access, adopt, use, and benefit from the Internet.
These plans are designed to provide a sustainable foundation to support future community planning and implementation efforts that positions them to participate in funding opportunities, including Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) and Digital Equity Act (DEA) programs established under the IIJA.
In this partnership, WSU Extension is working to provide technical, operational, and planning funding support for local BAT and Tribal efforts to develop Broadband and Digital Equity Action Plans.
Each participating BAT and Tribe will be paired with a dedicated Support Team, which includes a Regional Project Coordinator, Project Manager, and dedicated Advisory Support. These Support Teams will help navigate the planning process and understand the resources and tools available to support these efforts.
This Workbook is built around a planning guide and related worksheets that are designed to support the development and alignment of local and Tribal Broadband and Digital Equity Action Plans. Filled with templates and tips, this workbook has been designed to walk your team through the steps required to develop robust strategies to ensure your community is prepared to ensure everyone has access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet, as well as the skills, technologies, and capacity to use it effectively.
Digital Equity Planning Workshops will be held weekly. We’ll cover digital equity basics and amplify how various communities are structuring their work for inclusivity. We’ll collect and coordinate insights and strategies for the development of Digital Equity Action Plans and all of the important work that will come after the June 6th deadline.
Tuesdays through June 6th at 2:00 PM – Register here!
Office Hours will be held will provide an open time for questions and sharing information for anyone who wants direct equity or broadband planning support or has specific questions.
Broadband Planning Office Hours
Tuesday Mornings at 9:00 AM – Register here!
For further information or questions contact us at email@example.com.