Last week, I filed the Public Broadband Act (HB1336) to permit full public broadband in Washington State.
In many, many communities across America, local governments can offer high-speed broadband internet. But in Washington State, it’s illegal for some governments to offer broadband to the public.
It’s time for that to change.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that affordable, high-speed, broadband internet service is an essential public good. We rely on the internet for remote school, remote work, and basic human connection with our families.
But too many families in Washington State don’t have access to affordable broadband. Big corporations only want to offer it where they can make big profits, leaving out so many communities.
We have a hearing on my bill coming up this Wednesday (January 27), and we’re trying to show broad grassroots support: can you sign the petition at this link and then forward this email to your friends, asking them to sign the petition too?
(And if you're on Facebook, you can share this post on your own Facebook page--choose the option to "include original post" so it includes the post and not just the link--to spread the word!)
Thanks, and I’ll keep you posted on how we do!