Grant for broadband coverage for rural Wisconsinites

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Rural Wisconsin receives a 3-million-dollar investment for high-speed broadband from the Trump Administration

The re-connect program grant will increase e-connectivity in households, farms, and businesses in Chippewa, Rusk, and Taylor counties.

U.S Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Bill Northey came to Cornell for the announcement.

486 thousand Wisconsinites do not have reliable broadband coverage. Northey says lowering those numbers, starts at the local level.

Northey said, “Whether it’s distance learning, whether it’s telemedicine, even the opportunity to create a business or do your banking, it’s important to be able to have the broadcast access for folks to be able to do that. And especially in the last six months as we’ve seen the need for that and the necessity.”

N-Tera LLC is investing an additional 1 million dollars to deploy its fiber-optic network.

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