MARSHALING RESOURCES TO EXPAND BROADBAND IN WISCONSIN

COVID-19 has brought new attention to the challenges Wisconsin’s rural residents face accessing online resources critical to health, learning, working and commerce. In Wisconsin Tomorrow – An Economy for All, WEDC identifies broadband expansion as one of the top three priorities for the state as it develops and implements strategies to respond to and recover from the unprecedented health and economic challenges brought on by the pandemic.

INCREASING READINESS

Working in partnership with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity is introducing a Broadband Connectors Pilot initiative to help communities in Wisconsin better identify and capitalize upon opportunities to increase broadband availability in their areas. Through this initiative, WEDC will work with six communities throughout the state to foster a better understanding of the type(s) of technical assistance they need most to apply for state, federal or private broadband programs. The lessons learned from this initiative will be shared with communities throughout the state through incorporation in Wisconsin’s Playbook for Broadband Progress.

ELIGIBILITY FOR BROADBAND CONNECTORS PILOT

To be eligible to participate in WEDC’s Broadband Connectors Pilot initiative, applicants must be one of the following:

  • Local government (city, village, town or county)
  • Tribal government
  • School district

APPLICATION PERIOD

Applications to participate in the Broadband Connectors Pilot initiative will be accepted Sept. 21-30, 2020.

The application will be available on this page and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30 to be considered.

BE PREPARED

Applicants will be asked to identify one point of contact to work with WEDC and should be prepared to:

  • describe the community’s main challenges in accessing effective, reliable, and affordable internet for all;
  • detail the community’s broadband goals;
  • identify any partners that have committed to working on broadband expansion; and
  • outline steps the community has already taken to expand broadband.
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