Broadband funding for Washington students is announced

By on Thursday, January 27th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has announced more than $88 million in American Rescue Plan broadband investments for Washington state schools and libraries. The funding comes via the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund, which commits federal funds to support schools and libraries in providing digital tools and services to communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the fund, students in Washington state who have had trouble getting online will now have greater resources available to ensure they can access homework online and receive a high-quality education.

Schools and libraries receiving the funding in the Columbia Basin include Richland School District, more than $1.7 million; Pasco School District, $680,100; Kennewick School District, $312,499.80; Walla Walla School District, $297,813.42; Finley School District, $60,835.60; Pomeroy School District, $48,032.25; Ritzville School District, $46,889.32, Columbia School District in Burbank, $46,260.76; Columbia County Rural Library District in Dayton, $3,298.90; and the Starbuck School District, $2,726.64.