Wisconsin awards $125M in rural internet service grants to homes

M. J. Electric workers trench fiber optic cable in rural Marathon County near Marathon City in May. The Public Service Commission says approximately 650,000 people in the state lack home internet access of 25 megabit per second downloads and 3 Mbps uploads, fast enough for streaming a video or taking an online class, but still a struggle for families with several people online at the same time. 


The Wisconsin General public Provider Commission has awarded $125 million in broadband expansion grants for 71 jobs aimed at achieving all-around 83,000 homes and 4,600 enterprises.

The assignments will affect 45 counties, in accordance to the PSC, bringing new or improved internet entry to unserved and underserved parts.

Entirely there ended up 194 purposes requesting far more than $495 million in funding. A screening panel reviewed every application, assigned a score and then the commissioners built the last conclusions.

“We will continue on to make the investments wanted to assure all in our point out have entry to cost-effective broadband,” PSC Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq stated in a assertion Thursday. 

Bug Tussel, a rural web support service provider dependent in Eco-friendly Bay, was awarded all around $20 million to grow assistance in Jefferson, Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Green Lake, Rock, and other counties.