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Audit bureau report finds broadband grant program lacked oversight

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – A new, ultra fast broadband tower seen on a rural farm in Hamilton, New Zealand. Vodafone and the New Zealand Government switched on the first wave of newly built cell sites under the Rural Broadband Initiative (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
September 7, 2022
by Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner
September 7, 2022

Broadband service providers that received millions of dollars in federal grants to expand internet access across Wisconsin were not required to document how much they actually spent on those projects, according to a report released earlier this month by the Legislative Audit Bureau. 

Hope on the Horizon for Rural Residents Facing Broadband Issues

Lauren and Caleb Langworthy discuss their struggles because of poor internet service at their home north of Wheeler in Dunn County. The couple relies on website updates and social media for direct sales of products from their Blue Ox Farm, but doing so is challenging with slow internet speeds. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
August 19, 2022

By Julian Emerson

Wisconsin Farmers Union Communications Specialist

 

When Lauren and Caleb Langworthy saw a crew of workers digging and laying high-speed internet cable just up the road from their Dunn County farm one mid-July morning, they were ecstatic.

 

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

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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.

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.

Rural broadband in the time of coronavirus

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May 19, 2020

Frontier declares bankruptcy

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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?