Governor Evers Unveils New Broadband Grants

posted Sep 5, 2019, 5:40 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Sep 5, 2019, 5:42 AM ]
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Governor Tony Evers was in Spooner yesterday to talk about broadband internet access in rural Wisconsin. During a meeting with reporters at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, Evers announced the first round of broadband grants appropriated in the 2019-2021 state biennial budget.  This initial $24 million grant round is the largest in state history and is greater than all seven previous grant rounds put together.  Wisconsin lags behind the national average when it comes to access to broadband internet service, and Evers said this round of grants represents a huge step forward toward the goal of making sure rural areas have equal access to high-speed internet service. Evers said High-speed internet is increasingly crucial for family farms in Northwest Wisconsin to stay competitive in a global markets, and said these new grants will work to make sure that some of the most difficult places to connect—rural communities and farms—will have the internet access they need.