The Washington State Public Works board announced $17.8 million in new broadband projects across the state.

7 projects will share the funding, but only one on the East side.  Grant County will receive money to create broadband capability between Gloyd and Stratford, which is about a 15 miles stretch north of Moses Lake.  It's expected to cover in excess of 20-25 miles plus in every direction, filling in a hole in the area. The area is just east of Soap Lake.

The other six projects are a variety of Native American reservations, and some port and industrial areas on the west side.  Officials say over $300 million worth of requests were applied for, but only the $17.8 million was available.

No word yet on when construction will begin.

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