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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”


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

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

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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.