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Rural broadband in the time of coronavirus

network wiring
May 19, 2020

Frontier declares bankruptcy

Frontier Logo
April 29, 2020

Telephone and internet company has 80,000 customer accounts in Wisconsin; “expects to continue providing quality service”

By Peter Cameron, THE BADGER PROJECT

Will the Internet Survive the COVID-19 Crisis?

March 23, 2020

This is a video from CNet about the load being placed on the internet by heavy use for video conferencing and entertainment. Will we start seeing problems? 

Facebook Has Been Spam Marking Posts All Day

Spam
March 17, 2020

There have been multiple reports that Facebook has been marking totally innocuous posts as spam for the past several hours. I've had that happen myself several times today.

As if there are not enough problems - Internet Services Starting to Wobble

work at home
March 16, 2020

As more people are working at home, and trying to share information, and frankly just amuse themselves, there are some parts of the internet and cloud that are showing early signs of starting to wobble. 

Many Wisconsin County Websites Don't Use Two Common Security Standards

March 11, 2020

As Wisconsin voters start going to the polls in the 2020 election cycle, most counties in the state maintain websites that do not employ at least one of two basic practices that would help bolster their digital security and public confidence in their online platforms.

Time to Patch and Upgrade on Windows

Windows
January 15, 2020

There is lots of security news for your windows computer today. First off, Microsoft has released their January 2020 patch bundle, and you really want to install this one. It features a serious patch to a cryptographic library . Get patching.

Looking for that Book on Amazon? Try the library first!

library
January 7, 2020

I know that a lot of you get excited about books. You hear about a book and want to read it. Things being the way they are, a lot of people immediately look the book up on Amazon. But there are other options. You can go to your local bookstore (please). Or try your library. And now there's a way to try your library every time you go to Amazon.

Today in Menomonie Debuts on Facebook - WisCommunity Starts on News Break

news
January 4, 2020

Small changes have been occurring in Chippewa Valley media. I noted this morning when I opened the Facebook app on my phone that the Today in Menomonie icon appeared at the top of the page. is a Facebook feature that has slowly been rolling out through the US. It attempts to list news, events, and Facebook Page listings from your local area.

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Today, July 14

  • Steve Hanson
    4:07pm

    Gov. Tony Evers today signed creating the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access. The task force will advise the governor and Wisconsin State Legislature on broadband actions and policy, including strategies for successfully expanding high speed internet access to every residence, business, and institution in the state; initiatives for digital inclusion; and pathways to unlocking and optimizing the benefits of statewide, affordable access to broadband for all communities in Wisconsin.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that access to high-speed broadband is a necessity, not a luxury, and folks across our state have had to adapt—from kids and educators shifting to virtual classrooms, workers having to work from home, and even folks using telemedicine to visit with their doctor,” said Gov. Evers. “I'm proud the People's Budget made the largest investment in our broadband infrastructure in Wisconsin history, but we know we have more work to do and we have to connect the dots on how lack of reliable, affordable broadband affects folks across our state. This task force will bring together experts from across the state to research and recommend solutions that state leaders can adopt to connect every person in Wisconsin.”

    Broadband access is an essential catalyst to drive community, public safety, learning, health, and economic goals across the state of Wisconsin and, as outlined in a , will be critical to the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, there are dire consequences that result from a lack of connectivity. According to the Federal Communications Commission 2020 Broadband Deployment Report, 7.1% of Wisconsin residents lack access to at least one broadband service with a speed of 25/3 Mbps or better, compared to the national average of 5.6%. This percentage deepens in rural areas of our state where 26.7% of...

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