Five Northwoods Projects Get Broadband Expansion Funding

Mar 23, 2020

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Five projects in the region have obtained funding from the next round of Public Service Commission of Wisconsin broadband grant funding.

The largest grant was $1.6 million to the Town of Boulder Junction fiber project. The project will build fiber line to 85 business and 660 residences.

In Forest county, nearly $1 million was granted to build 17 wireless transmission tower sites in Forest county.The project will also build 11 miles of wire to roads near Lake Metonga. It will serve 100 businesses and nearly 1,700 residences.

Price County Telephone will receive $950,000 to build a line to 27 businesses and 566 residential locations in the Prentice telephone exchange.

Charter Communications will receive $133,000 to build cable internet service to the towns of Washington and Cloverland in Vilas county.

The Town of Woodruff will build cable internet service in a subdivision west of Highway 47 at Walter Drive. The project will include 76 locations.

The budget signed by Governor Evers last July included $48 million for broadband expansion grants, with authorization to award up to $24 million this year. The PSC received 143 applications requesting $50.3 million for large and small projects.