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High-speed internet access improving for Washington state

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OLYMPA, WA – Public and private broadband providers say high speed internet access is improving throughout the state.

A new report by the Washington State Broadband Office says more than 500 communities saw better broadband access through wireline and/or their wireless providers last year.

The report shows 98.7% of people in the state live in areas where internet is available, 83% of Washingtonians have internet at home, and 73.8% say they regularly use it.

In 2011, the statewide business income from electronic shopping grew for the third year in a row to $3.1 billion. Washington state is second only to California in the number of "apps economy" jobs, at 49,800.

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