Gov. Evers visits Westby following $5.6 million grant to increase broadband

Vernon Communications Cooperative will use the money to help bring fiber optic cables to 52 businesses and 993 homes.

WESTBY, Wis. (WKBT) – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says expanding reliable internet access is a priority for his administration.

The governor put some money behind those words by presenting Vernon Communications Cooperative a $5.6 million grant.

The state grant will help the company expand service areas into rural areas such as Crawford County, which are traditionally difficult to serve due to rocky terrain.

“We know that the digital divide is holding our state back, especially in our rural areas. And access to reliable internet connectivity is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

Vernon Communications Cooperative will use the money to help bring fiber optic cables to 52 businesses and 993 homes.

Tri-County Communications also received about $3.3 million to expand broadband in Buffalo and Jackson Counties.

You can find a full list of grant recipients here.