Wisconsin Awards Broadband Grants to 25 Local Fiber Projects

  • Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grant Program
VEROQUA, WI – Governor Scott Walker joined Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) Chairman Lon Roberts and State Broadband Director Angie Dickison to award broadband grants for
46 projects of which 25 are fiber based.

The 46 new broadband grants have been awarded as part of the largest round of Broadband Expansion Grants in state history to extend broadband access to as many as 1,600 business locations and 18,000 residential locations. A total of $7.69 million in grant funding will leverage $11.8 million in private and local government matching funds, according to the PSC.

“We want to continue expanding broadband service across Wisconsin, and we increased broadband investments by $35.5 million in this budget to help us accomplish that goal,” said Governor Walker. “By providing another $7.69 million in broadband grants we are helping connect more of our communities. No corner of our state can be left behind.”

Broadband Expansion Grant Program
Governor Walker created the Broadband Expansion Grant Program in the 2013-2015 budget. In the current budget, Governor Walker increased total broadband investments by an additional $35.5 million and created a permanent Broadband Expansion Grant Program. Since taking office, Governor Walker has awarded 101 broadband grants totaling $13.1 million, in addition to more than $20 million in matching funds.

“The Broadband Expansion Grant Program has been highly successful since its creation in 2013, and the work to continue to provide broadband to all corners of the state will continue to be a goal of the Commission,” said PSC Chairman Lon Roberts. “I applaud Governor Walker’s commitment to connect all Wisconsinites to the internet. With the Governor’s direction, Wisconsin has funded 101 projects in 46 counties, and the Commission will continue to expand on these numbers with an additional $7 million in Broadband Expansion Grants being awarded later this fall.”

Eau Claire County in partnership with Packerland Broadband is receiving a $200,000 grant that will help provide service in unserved and underserved areas in eastern Eau Claire County through TV white space technology. Packerland Broadband also received a $210,733 broadband grant to utilize TV white space technology for a project in Marinette County and a $98,000 grant for a combination TV white space and fiber project in Forest County.

Among the fiber projects is Vernon Communications Cooperative, which is receiving a $244,701 grant to extend their fiber network to 173 potential locations.

A full list of grants is available at: https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/WBO.aspx.


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