Grant awarded to improve broadband in Viroqua

VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) - Some consumers in our area are set to see faster internet thanks to new grants.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker awarded a nearly $250,000 grant Monday to Vernon Communications in Viroqua.

As part of the largest dispersal of grants in the state's history, the grant will help build service to 173 homes and businesses in Vernon County.

Developing a system like this has been slow because of the lack of financial benefit for companies.

"By us putting these dollars in, then we can help places like Vernon Communications be able to afford to put the dollars in to make that commitment to get to the very edge of the unserved areas," said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Internet service providers in Buffalo and Eau Claire counties also received funds.

The grants are part of a total of more than 7 million dollars in funding.

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