Kitsap organizations - your input needed on connectivity & accessibility!
4 Apr 2023
The Kitsap County Broadband Action Team (KCBAT) including volunteers from KPUD, service providers, county organizations, OESD, Olympic College, KEDA and KRL, are working to identify the connectivity and accessibility needs in communities across Kitsap. Broadband Action Teams like this one help to centralize the conversation and provide local coordination to the statewide effort being led by the State Broadband Office.
KCBAT is currently leading Kitsap County’s engagement in a statewide broadband and digital equity planning process. This process is part of the federal government’s Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), establishing $65 billion in programs aimed at bringing all U.S. residents on-line. Through mid-June of this year, the Kitsap County Broadband Action Team will be working to understand infrastructure gaps, identify available digital equity resources, and develop a plan to address our community’s specific needs that will roll into our state’s Broadband Equity Access Deployment strategy.
Why it Matters to Kitsap County
- The broadband and digital equity planning process is part of the federal government’s Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), establishing $65 billion in programs aimed at bringing all U.S. residents on-line. Internet for All.
- This work can only be accomplished with the help of a wide range of community stakeholders whose input is highly valuable to this process.
- KCBAT is working to understand broadband infrastructure gaps, identify available digital equity resources, and develop a plan to address our community’s specific needs This plan is due mid-June of this year and will roll into our state’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) strategy.
KCBAT has launched several brief surveys in their efforts to gather this county information. Please complete one or all as they pertain to you or your business/organization.
Surveys are brief (5-10 minutes), and information will be utilized strictly for broadband and digital equity planning.
Take this survey to help us collect information to identify what assets (infrastructure, staff) your organization already has in place that might help support local broadband infrastructure development efforts. (Right of way, conduit, GIS staff, telecom staff, grant writers, etc.)
The Washington State Broadband Office has set the goal for all community anchor institutions to have access to 1/1Gbps services by 2028. This survey will allow you to report your organization’s current services and help to create an inventory of the existing services available to Kitsap’s local anchor institutions. Community anchor institutions include organizations facilitating community-benefit services, including schools, libraries, health centers or medical providers, public safety, or housing agencies, etc.
If you provide services or are interested in providing services that support community members accessing online resources, such as helping get internet-connected devices to folks or providing training support.