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Evers Budgets $78 Million for High Speed Internet

Published by Wisconsin Public Radio on March 14, 2019

By Danielle Kaeding

Gov. Tony Evers’ budget would invest $78 million in the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The governor has set a goal to provide all homes and businesses in Wisconsin with high-speed internet by 2025.

Angie Dickison, state broadband director with the Public Service Commission, told WPR’s “The Morning Show” earlier this week that she’s hopeful state lawmakers will sign off on increased funding to expand broadband internet access across the state.

“What if your best or only option for internet access was via Wi-Fi at the local fast food restaurant? We hear that from folks,” Dickison said. “In 2019, broadband access isn’t just nice. It’s necessary.”

The state’s broadband program awards funding for infrastructure projects to deliver high-speed internet service to Wisconsin communities. Dickison told WPR the program has awarded around $20 million over the span of six years for projects to expand service in 63 counties. The program is improving broadband internet access for 75,664 homes and 4,395 businesses, according to figures provided by the Public Service Commission.

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