Broadband Action Team

Kittitas County government recognizes high-speed internet connectivity is limited at best and not available to all in Kittitas County. The challenges presented during the pandemic expedited the need for a full and open identification of how we, as a community, can ensure affordable, reliable access for businesses and residents, particularly those who are unserved or underserved.

In response to the challenges presented during the pandemic and looking forward as a community, Kittitas County formed the Kittitas County Broadband Action Team. A broadband action team (BAT) is a working group of public and private stakeholders organized around bringing high-speed internet connectivity to unserved and underserved areas and ensuring all residents possess the skills and supports needed to fully benefit from that connectivity.

To fulfill our goal of increased and improved connectivity for our citizens Kittitas County’s Broadband Action Team’s has adopted the following mission and vision:

MISSION: To bring together decision-makers dedicated to creating policy, partnerships, and projects that advance access to high-speed internet for all residents of Kittitas County.

VISION: Reliable access to high-speed internet service in Kittitas County no matter where you work or live.


Map of Kittitas County displaying internet connectivity information
Households 21,900
Population 47,935
Broadband.wa.gov survey 305
Percent participation 1.4%
Participation goal (10%) 2190

Download

No service 28 9.2%
0-10 Mbps 132 43.3%
10-25 Mbps 53 17.4%
25-150 Mbps 83 27.2%
150+ Mbps 9 3%

Upload

No service 28 9.2%
<3 Mbps 131 43%
3-10 77 25.2%
10-25 Mbps 45 14.8%
25-150 Mbps 22 7.2
>150 Mbps 2 0.7%

Min. / Max. / Avg. Mbps

Download 0.03 / 542.79 / 31.72
Upload 0.01 / 316.39 / 11.38

FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)

2020 - 10 years

Commnet Wireless, LLC
1391 location, $4,844,769.10

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
2947 locations, $3,732,060.70

Total RDOF
4,338 locations, $8,576,829.80

FCC Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II)

2018 - 10 years

Viasat, Inc.
263 locations, $285,076.40

USDA ReConnect

N/A

USDA Community Connect

N/A

Public Works Board (PWB)

2020 Ellensburg Business Development Authority Centerfuse Proadband Espansion Study Grant $50,000

Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB)

N/A

Kittitas County Members and Partners

  • Board of County Commissioners
  • Conference of Governments:
    • Ellensburg
    • Cle Elum
    • S. Cle Elum
    • Kittitas
    • Roslyn
  • Kittitas Public Utility District
  • Washington State’s Broadband Office
  • Washington Senator Judy Warnick
  • Washington Representative Tom Dent
  • Washington Representative Alex Ybarra
  • US Representative Kim Schrier
  • US Senator Maria Cantwell
  • US Senator Patti Murray
  • US Army Firing Center
  • Kittitas Valley Healthcare
  • Ellensburg School District
  • Cle Elum/Roslyn School District
  • Kittitas School District
  • Damman School District
  • Thorp School District
  • Easton School District
  • Central Washington University
  • Kittitas Reclamation District
  • KittCom
  • Fire District 1
  • Fire District 2
  • Fire District 3
  • Fire District 4
  • Fire District 51
  • Fire District 6
  • Fire District 7
  • Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
  • CenterFuse, Ellensburg’s Business Development Authority
  • Ellensburg Downtown Association
  • Cle Elum Downtown Association
  • Roslyn Downtown Association
  • Charter Communications
  • Consolidated Communications
  • Inland Networks
  • Bluespan Wireless
  • Kittitas Wireless
  • Symplified
  • Washington State’s K-20 network
  • Central Connect