The Economic Development Council serves as the Broadband Action Team (BAT) for Lincoln County. The following link provides a history of broadband planning in the county since receiving high speed fiber; an outcome of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Read the Spokesman Review’s thoughts on the Washington Rural Broadband Workshop held in Lincoln County on Sept. 19, 2019.
Getting connected: Where broadband, rural prosperity and health care intersect
NTIA Releases a Guide to Federal Broadband Funding – A searchable database of 50 federal broadband programs from dozens of federal agencies
Broadband In Washington 2019 – An outline of Washington State’s broadband policies, goals, and investment priorities
1.Lincoln County Economic Development Strategy
2. Survey Tool for Libraries
3. Survey Tool for Government
4. Survey Tool for Medical Facilities
5. Survey Tool for Broadband Service Providers
6. FCC Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Map
7. FCC Comment – Docket No. 10-90
8. Lincoln County Broadband Infrastructure Map
9. Survey Tool for Business
10. Business Assessment Press Release
11. Survey Tool for Superintendents
12. Student Business Plan Competition Press Release
13. Student Business Plan Competition Photo
14. Survey Tool for Public Utility Districts
County Awarded Broadband Planning Grant
(Davenport, WA, May 17, 2013.) Lincoln County has been selected by the Washington State Department of Commerce to receive a $26,880 Local Technology Planning Team grant. The proposal, a collaboration between the County, the Lincoln County EDC and Monica Babine of WSU’s Digital Initiatives program, scored in the top five of 13 applications representing 14 counties and 13 tribes. The Local Technology Planning Team (LTPT) grant program awards funds to projects that best address broadband deployment or adoption.
The planning grant will be used to inventory the county’s existing telecommunication providers and services; map existing telecommunication infrastructure; survey anchor institutions, businesses, and parents of school-aged children to identify what they need from broadband in order to thrive; and to evaluate the benefit, if any, of using the Lincoln County PUD to build out and manage middle-mile infrastructure.
This planning project provides a direct link to the objectives included in the County’s Economic Development Strategy and the Economic Development Council, authors of the strategy, will partner with the County on the grant. Others who have committed time to the project include School Superintendents, PUD Commissioners, Mayors, Librarians and Utility Providers.