MADISON, Wis. — Yesterday, Governor Tony Evers travelled across the state to highlight the incredible progress Wisconsin has made in delivering high-speed affordable internet to every home and business.
In Westby, Gov. Evers announced that 52 businesses and nearly 1,000 residences across Freeman, Utica, Seneca, Mount Sterling, and Lynxville will soon have access to high-speed internet. In Reedsburg, Gov. Evers visited the Reedsburg Utility Commission and presented four light-speed grants to businesses in Sauk and Iowa counties.
Last year, Gov. Evers declared 2021 the Year of Broadband Access, because in the 21st century, every single Wisconsinite should have access to high-speed internet — both at home and at work — and it should be affordable. In his first budget as governor, Gov. Evers made the largest investment in broadband expansion in state history. In 2021, during the Year of Broadband Access, Gov. Evers invested nearly $250 million into broadband expansion.
After passing the largest broadband investment in state history in 2019, Wisconsin expanded broadband access to more than 9,000 businesses and 150,000 homes — most of which previously did not have access to high-speed internet. With state and federal investments, Wisconsin is well on its way to connecting more than 300,000 homes and businesses with high-speed affordable internet.
See below for a roundup of coverage on how Gov. Evers is expanding high-speed internet across Wisconsin.
WEAU: Gov. Evers continuing to prioritize broadband access in rural Wisconsin
WKBT: Gov. Evers visits Westby following $5.6 million grant to increase broadband
WXOW: Evers commemorates $5.67 million rural broadband grant to Vernon Communications Co-op
Channel 3000: Evers visits broadband grant recipients