Wisconsin awards $125 million in rural home Internet grants

MJ Electric workers dug a fiber optic cable in rural Marathon County near the city of Marathon in May.  The Public Service Commission says nearly 650,000 people in the state lack internet access at home at 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads, which is fast enough to stream a video or take an online class, but there is still A struggle for families who have many people online at the same time.  Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Wisconsin Public Service Fee has awarded $125 million in broadband growth grants to 71 tasks meant to achieve roughly 83,000 houses and 4,600 companies.

The tasks will have an effect on 45 counties, in line with the PSC, offering new or improved web entry to underserved and underserved areas.

In all, there have been 194 purposes searching for funding in extra of $495 million. The screening committee reviewed every utility, assigned a grade after which the commissioners did their job Remaining choices.

“We are going to proceed to make the mandatory investments to make sure that everybody in our state has entry to inexpensive broadband,” PSC President Rebecca Cameron Falk mentioned in an announcement Thursday.

Bug Tussel, a rural web service supplier headquartered in Inexperienced Bay, has been awarded about $20 million to develop service in Jefferson, Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Inexperienced Lake, Rock and different counties.