Washington Governor Proposes Jump-Start for Telecommunications

Washington Gov. Gary Locke's proposed budget package includes a program that would deliver telecommunication services to rural areas by cutting government red tape, promoting investments in infrastructure and encouraging competition among phone companies.

Details of the plan include:

* Authorizing public utility districts and rural port districts to provide wholesale telecommunications services in their districts.

* Linking the state's 68 library districts to the K-20 Internet network.

* Easing telephone company regulations.

* Easing local governments' regulations to get infrastructure in place faster.

* Revamping universal service funding so rural areas can get affordable phone service thanks to competitive pricing.

The governor also announced a pilot project in which the state would recruit telecommunications-dependent businesses looking to expand and match them with rural communities.

Locke said his initiative would help reduce the disparity in telecommunications services between the state's urban and rural areas.

Featured

  • Government Innovation Awards
    Government Innovation Awards - https://governmentinnovationawards.com

    Congratulations to the 2020 Rising Stars

    These early-career leaders already are having an outsized impact on government IT.

  • Cybersecurity
    cybersecurity (Rawpixel/Shutterstock.com)

    CMMC clears key regulatory hurdle

    The White House approved an interim rule to mandate defense contractors prove they adhere to existing cybersecurity standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Stay Connected