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$100 Million Available for Next Round of State Broadband Expansion Grant Program

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 -- 10:01 AM


Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, announced that $100 million will be available for the next round of the State Broadband Expansion Grant Program.

Altogether, the 2019, 2020, and 2021 state broadband expansion grants and efforts funded using federal funds for broadband grants have provided or are going to provide more than 300,000 homes and businesses with access to new or improved service.

The funding for the grants announced today comes from the 2021-23 biennial budget signed by Gov. Evers in July, which provided $129 million over the biennium for expanding high-speed broadband internet to unserved or underserved areas of the state.

In Gov. Evers’ first biennial budget, $48 million was allocated for broadband expansion, which funded 130 grants. In addition to the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program, Gov. Evers allocated federal dollars to provide new or improved broadband services.

In funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, Gov. Evers authorized the PSC to award over $105.3 million for 94 projects in more than 42 counties and three tribal communities.

The purpose of the State Broadband Expansion Grant Program is to deploy high performance broadband in underserved areas of the state. Since the inception of the program in 2014, 268 grants have been awarded and have connected or are in the process of connecting over 20,000 businesses and 296,000 homes to high-speed broadband internet service.

The application to apply for the next round of grant funding will be available on the PSC website on Dec. 1, 2021. More information about the State Broadband Expansion Grant Program and its past recipients is available here.

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