Walker announces broadband expansion grant recipients

August 8, 2017

The Northwoods River News


Governor Scott Walker joined the Public Service Commission (PSC) Friday in announcing $1,500,000 in Broadband Expansion Grants awarded to 13 projects in underserved areas throughout the state.

Matching funds for these projects amounted to $2,310,475.60 for a total of $3,810,475.60 in broadband infrastructure investment, according to the governor's office.

One of the grants was $45,000 to the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation to build two additional towers in rural portions of the county.

"As broadband continues to become an increasingly integral part of our lives, I know that Wisconsin businesses and families will be well-served by these continued investments," said Gov. Walker. "Internet access is a critical component of education, telemedicine, e-commerce, agribusiness, and tourism, just to name a few. No corner of our state can be left behind."

Governor Walker created the Broadband Expansion Grant Program in the 2013-15 biennial budget and increased funding for the grants in the 2015-17 biennial budget from $500,000 to $1.5 million annually. The governor's proposed 2017-19 biennial budget provides $11 million more for the program over the next several years. The Broadband Expansion Grants provide reimbursement for equipment and construction expenses incurred by efforts to extend or improve broadband telecommunications services in underserved regions of Wisconsin.

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