Wisconsin

 

Grants aim to improve broadband access in rural areas (Daily Tribune Media) July 21, 2013

The partisan rancor among state legislators disappears when it comes to supporting expansion of broadband access to rural areas throughout the state. This includes pockets of central Wisconsin and large parts of the northern and northwestern sections of the state.

PSC seeks input on broadband availability (Superior Telegram) July 16, 2013

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is trying to paint a picture of access to broadband in the state.

Commission hosting broadband demand survey (WEAU) July 11, 2013

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is asking communities for their help in figuring out what areas need improved broadband service.

AT&T lobbying likely to increase Wisconsin School, library telecom costs (Community Broadband Networks) July 11, 2013

The University of Wisconsin recently withdrew from its contract with WiscNet, threatening the future of the network. Stop the Cap! reports the University bowed under pressure from Republican lawmakers and threats of litigation from the likes of AT&T, CenturyLink, and the Wisconsin State Telecom Association (WSTA). Costly litigation could interrupt UW’s research and educational work and UW must consider its relationship with the legislature and the future of state funding.

TDS announces completion of its first ARRA broadband stimulus project (Edwardsville Intelligencer) July 11, 2013

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) announces completion of its first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded broadband Internet project. Now, about 150 households near Orchard Farm, Mo., have access to high-speed Internet service.

State senate panels to discuss broadband network (Green Bay Press Gazette) July 8, 2013

The Wisconsin Senate’s telecommunications and universities committees are set to review the status of broadband provider WiscNet.

State schools chief Tony Evers blasts UW broadband move ( Journal Sentinel Online) June 29, 2013

State school officials are raising concerns about the University of Wisconsin System decision to withdraw a contract offer to an Internet provider for state campuses, public schools and libraries, saying the move could result in higher costs and less service for public institutions.

UW system rescinds contract with broadband provider (Star Tribune) June 28, 2013
The University of Wisconsin System has quietly withdrawn from a new contract with broadband provider WiscNet, raising questions about whether libraries and public schools that also rely on the provider might have to pay more for Internet access.

Idlewild internet plan hits a possible snag (Green Bay Press Gazette) May 18, 2013

Two levels of government appear to have different positions on extending high-speed Internet service to low-lying areas in southern Door County, it was learned at a special Nasewaupee Town Board meeting Monday.

Budget committee funds ongoing rural broadband expansion project (Wisconsin Public Radio) May 16, 2013

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 23 percent of rural Wisconsinites do not have access to broadband internet.

EDC leader says state’s slow internet loses jobs (River Falls Journal) April 17, 2013

Wisconsin is losing out on jobs because the state’s high-speed Internet service is not extensive enough – or fast enough – according to Reed Hall, director of the state’s Economic Development Corporation.

Wisconsin ranks 22nd in broadband internet speeds (Journal Sentinel) April 11, 2013

A lack of reliable and affordable broadband service in many areas in Wisconsin is hampering the ability of individuals and businesses to capitalize on new technologies, the chief executive of the state’s economic development agency said Thursday.

Broadband access next frontier for rural Wisconsin (Beaver Dam Daily Citizen) April 5, 2013

A century or so ago, the development of a reliable farm-to-market road system helped grow Wisconsin’s agricultural economy by making it possible to move perishable goods much faster. That was followed in the 1930s by “rural electrification,” or the widespread availability of electric power to parts of Wisconsin that were living, quite literally, in the dark.

Community wide wi-fi an option in Thiensville (Mequon Now) January 29, 2013

Business owners and other interested residents gathered Monday to discuss ways of making Thiensville’s commercial corridor a magnetic draw throughout the region – not just within the municipal boundaries.

Governor Walker wants more rural high-speed access to internet (Superior Telegram) January 23, 2013

Governor Scott Walker says he wants to expand access to high-speed internet across Wisconsin’s rural areas.

PSC to survey broadband demand throughout Wisconsin (The Milwaukee Business Journal) January 9, 2013

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will conduct a statewide broadband demand survey to help identify local needs as work continues on a plan to improve broadband availability and adoption throughout the state.

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Public Service Commission seeking input, statewide broadband (MuskegoNOW) August 22, 2012

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) is seeking comments about a statewide broadband plan.  Here is a link to the State Broadband Plan and Wisconsin’s Playbook for Broadband Progress:

Wisconsin can learn from Ohio’s data determination (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel) April 12, 2012

Ohio’s efforts to build a “knowledge economy” have ranged from creating more pools of venture capital to streamlining the transfer of academic research from the lab to the marketplace.

However, the Buckeye State’s most ambitious economic growth strategy involves building a high-speed electronic data network that can serve researchers, businesses and communities alike.

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University of Wisconsin’s broadband project clears legal challenge (Fierce Telecom)

It looks like the University of Wisconsin’s dream to become an alternative broadband source has dodged a bullet as a Dane County judge denied Access Wisconsin’s move to block the project from moving forward.

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