Wisconsin awards $125 million in nationwide Internet service grants to homes

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has awarded $125 million in broadband extension grants for 71 projects aimed at reaching approximately 83,000 homes and 4,600 businesses.

The projects will impact 45 counties, according to the PSC, and bring new or improved internet access to areas that are underserved and underexposed.

In total, there were 194 applications requesting more than $495 million in funding. A screening panel reviewed each application, awarded a score, and then the commissioners made the final decisions.

“We will continue to make the investments necessary to ensure that everyone in our state has access to affordable broadband,” PSC chairman Rebecca Cameron Valcq said in a statement on Thursday.

Bug Tussel, a national Internet service provider based in Green Bay, was awarded approximately $20 million to expand service in Jefferson, Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Green Lake, Rock and other counties.

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