Western Wisconsin counties among those receiving federal broadband grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) — Several Western Wisconsin counties are among those who received federal grants for broadband access from the American Rescue Plan.

The grants were approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin as part of an effort to extend broadband internet to locations that are currently unserved and underserved.

“Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, construction will soon be underway on broadband expansion projects across the district,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “The COVID-19 pandemic has only further highlighted the fact that access to broadband is a necessity today’s world, and this funding will help take critical steps to close the digital divide. As a member of the Rural Broadband Task Force, I’ll keep working to ensure all Wisconsinites have access to high-speed, reliable internet.”

Counties receiving funding are:

  • Buffalo: $4,822,700
  • Eau Claire: $869,545
  • Dunn: $12,155,464
  • Chippewa: $6,006,417
  • Pierce: $6,729,681
  • Jackson: $2,177,500
  • Adams: $2,523,335
  • Juneau: $1,713,541
  • Crawford: $8,061,500
  • Grant: $943,333
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