Gov. Walker highlights broadband expansion investment

Wisconsin State Farmer

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker visited Amery Telecom Inc. in Amery today to highlight the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s second round of Broadband Expansion Grants for Fiscal Year 2018, which will provide $7.5 million to underserved areas of the state.

Gov. Walker sends out a tweet highlighting the $35.5M investment in expanding broadband service.

This grant cycle supplies additional funds recently approved in the state budget. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for the grants with a due date of January 25, 2018.

State legislators allocated $35.5 million in the state budget to expand broadband and technology in rural areas.

“I am proud to announce additional funding for local communities to improve reliable and efficient broadband access in every part of the state,” said Governor Walker. “Internet access is a critical component of education, business, and healthcare. The state budget’s increased investment in broadband will provide Wisconsin’s families and businesses with access to fast, reliable internet service.”

Governor Walker established the Broadband Expansion Grant program, which provides reimbursement for equipment and construction expenses incurred to extend or improve broadband telecommunications service throughout the state, in the 2013-2015 biennial budget.

State Broadband Director Angie Dickison encouraged communities to contact the State Broadband Office for more information the Broadband Expansion Grant Program. “Our office works with communities and broadband providers to promote public private partnerships to improve broadband access across our state. We’re happy to help.”

Applications for the second round of 2018 Broadband Expansion Grants are due January 25, 2018 and will be awarded in March 2018.