Wisconsin awards $125M in rural web service grants to properties

MJ Electric workers trench fiber optic cable in rural Marathon County near Marathon City in May.  The Public Service Commission says approximately 650,000 people in the state lack home internet access of 25 megabit per second downloads and 3 Mbps uploads, fast enough for streaming a video or taking an online class, but still a struggle for families with several people online at the same time.  MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

The Wisconsin Public Service Fee has awarded $125 million in broadband enlargement grants for 71 tasks aimed toward reaching round 83,000 properties and 4,600 companies.

The tasks will influence 45 counties, based on the PSC, bringing new or improved web entry to unserved and underserved areas.

Altogether there have been 194 functions requesting greater than $495 million in funding. A screening panel reviewed every software, assigned a rating after which the commissioners made the ultimate choices.

“We’ll proceed to make the investments wanted to make sure all in our state have entry to inexpensive broadband,” PSC Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq mentioned in an announcement Thursday.

Bug Tussel, a rural web service supplier based mostly in Inexperienced Bay, was awarded round $20 million to increase service in Jefferson, Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Inexperienced Lake, Rock, and different counties.

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