Wisconsin PSC awards millions for broadband projects in Monroe, Jackson, Chippewa and Eau Claire counties

Grants also set for Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Iowa, Lafayette, Pepin, Pierce, Richland and St. Croix counties
Wisconsin Broadband

MADISON (WKBT) — Broadband expansion projects in Monroe, Jackson, Chippewa and Eau Claire counties will receive millions of dollars in grants the Wisconsin Public Service Commission announced Thursday.

The commission awarded nearly $125 million to 71 projects in 45 counties in the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The initiatives will expand broadband internet to more than 82,912 residential and 4,566 business locations that now are unserved or underserved. The grants will leverage more than $185 million of matching funds from recipients.

The grants are part of the state’s efforts “to invest state and federal funding in projects that will provide more than 387,000 homes and businesses with reliable, high-quality internet,” Gov. Tony Evers said.

“These grants will go to ensure students, workers, business owners, families and communities can access the internet in every part of our state,” Evers said.

The broadband expansion grants are tailored to projects in areas of the state that face challenges in establishing internet service because of population density or geography.

Following are some of the projects in west-central and southwest Wisconsin:

  • Monroe County: The Vernon Communications Cooperative will use Fiber to the Premise service to reach 93 business and 500 residential locations in the towns of Jefferson and Wells. The grant is $3.1 million, with a match of $2.6 million.
  • Monroe County: The Vernon Communications Cooperative will employ a Fiber to the Premise service to reach 102 business and 612 residential locations in the towns of Leon, Portland and Sparta. Grant is $3.2 million, and the match is $2.8 million.
  • Jackson County: Bug Tussel Wireless will build a 153.3-mile fiber ring in the county, connecting 131 business and 2,488 residential locations. The grant is $1.76 million, and the match is $7 million.
  • Chippewa County: Spectrum Mid-American will provide a Fiber to the Premise service to reach eight business and 119 residential locations in Anson, Cadott, and Lafayette in the county. The grant is $812,650, and the match is $1.37 million.
  • Eau Claire County: Spectrum Mid-America will create Fiber to the Premise service to reach 31 business and 879 residential locations in Pleasant Valley and Washington. Accompanying the grant of $621,422 is a $3 million match.

The full list of the 2022 grant recipients, including other projects in Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Iowa, Lafayette, Pepin, Pierce, Richland and St. Croix counties, can be found here.

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