Broadband Access Set to Expand In Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

August 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2010 at 6:22 PM CDT

Some communities in northwestern Wisconsin barely have cell phone coverage let alone access to broadband internet.

Now that's all going to change thanks to a massive federal grant.

Today at UWS, state officials announced that more than 32-million dollars will go towards expanding broadband access.

The project will take more than three years to complete, but when it's finished it will provide a backbone of high speed internet for communities like Superior, Platteville Wausau and the Chippewa Valley Region.

Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch said "These are dollars invested for the next generation and the generation after that, that is our ultimate responsibility as public officials it isn't to think about the elections but the next generation these are dollars that are well spent, these are dollars that are going to last far beyond today's announcement."

The broadband expansion will first connect the University of Wisconsin Superior and the Superior High and Middle Schools.

From there private businesses maybe able to tie into the super fast network.