Wisconsin awards $ 125M in rural internet service grants to homes

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has awarded $ 125 million in broadband expansion grants for 71 projects aimed at reaching around 83,000 homes and 4,600 businesses.

The projects will impact 45 counties, according to the PSC, bringing new or improved internet access to unserved and underserved areas.

Altogether there were 194 applications requesting more than $ 495 million in funding. A screening panel reviewed each application, assigned a score and then the commissioners made the final decisions.

“We will continue to make the investments needed to ensure all in our state have access to affordable broadband,” PSC Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq said in a statement Thursday.

Bug Tussel, a rural internet service provider based in Green Bay, was awarded around $ 20 million to expand service in Jefferson, Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Green Lake, Rock, and other counties.

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