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Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal

Help on the way for rural Wisconsinites struggling with lousy internet? Maybe.

Slow Computer Rage cartoon
January 31, 2021

More help might be on the way for those in Wisconsin with snaillike internet.

After a tough 2020 in which many students endured remote learning and adults had to work from home, Gov. Tony Evers declared 2021 “The Year of Broadband Access” in his State of the State speech earlier this month. He proposed $200 million in state grants for the expansion of high-speed internet and aid for poor residents to pay for it.

DHS Media Briefing for Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 - Gov. Evers announces broadband grants

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/15/2020

October 15, 2020

In today's media briefing Governor Evers talks about funding for broadband as part of recovering from the pandemic. More information on the broadband grants is included below. The press conference also covers the dangerous state of hospital bed availability in the state and the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.


Gov. Evers Announces More Than $5 Million in CARES Act Funding for Broadband Expansion

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September 24, 2020

MADISON​ —​ Gov. Tony Evers today announced that more than $5 million of funding from the federal CARES Act will be awarded for the expansion of high-speed, broadband internet.  Funding will be awarded by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) to applicants from the 2020 broadband expansion grants that did not receive funding and are able to connect customers by December 30, 2020, and satisfy the requirements of the federal CARES Act.

Jeff Smith - Connect Wisconsin with Better Broadband

Senator Smith
February 3, 2020

Governor Tony Evers shined a bright light on the urgency of strengthening our rural communities by calling a special session to take up agriculture bills, creating the Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity and establishing the Office of Rural Prosperity. In western Wisconsin, we have an opportunity to step up and continue leading the way.


Broadband Expansion: Broadband for Those Who Need It Most

Senator Jeff Smith
November 4, 2019

We’re facing one of the largest infrastructure challenges in Wisconsin history. The decisions we make today on broadband expansion can either make Wisconsin a leader or allow us to fall behind in the digital age.


Last week, I discussed the challenges of getting better broadband. This week, I will break down how Wisconsin can get broadband out to those areas companies call “not profitable.”


Broadband Expansion: Better Broadband

State Senator Jeff Smith
October 29, 2019

After spending three days in Denver for a Broadband Summit with legislators from across the country, I came away with even more of an urgency to help Wisconsin catch up to other states on broadband internet expansion.


The Ongoing Pursuit Of Better Broadband Access In Rural Wisconsin

August 24, 2018

Limited access to reliable, high-speed internet services is an issue facing rural Wisconsin that generates a lot of attention and calls for action, yet may seem to be moving at a crawl. For many Wisconsinites, even for those who could afford it, lower-speed broadband options or lack of access entirely stifles individual economic opportunities and limits business development options for communities.

Vinehout - Moving Broadband Forward for Wisconsin

February 15, 2018

In a recent committee hearing, I argued majority lawmakers were moving broadband expansion forward by press release and little else.

This week Representative Don Vuwink (D-Milton) and I are circulating bills to actually move broadband forward for Wisconsin.

The Costs Of Taking Broadband The Extra Mile In Wisconsin

June 15, 2017

As Wisconsin struggles to grow private-sector jobs, there is potential to expand telecommuting work outside urbanized areas of the state by improving broadband connections.

Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal

March 15, 2017
Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal by Senator Kathleen Vinehout