Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Russ Elliott Director of the State Broadband Office in the Department of Commerce. The State Broadband Office was established by the legislature this year to develop and improve affordable, quality broadband throughout Washington state in order to drive job creation, promote innovation, improve economic vitality and expand markets for Washington businesses. Elliott will lead the Broadband Office’s work to achieve goals including serving the growing needs of Washington’s education, health care and public safety systems; industries and business; governmental operations and residents, and improving broadband access for unserved communities and populations.
Elliot finalized Wyoming’s Broadband Plan, facilitated a new broadband mapping project, implemented a broadband infrastructure grant program and helped guide legislation aimed at expanding coverage throughout Wyoming.