Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bringing Broadband to Northern Wisconsin

Link to September 4 Rhinelander Daily News article, "Wiring the Northwoods".

Excerpt: In the 1870s the federal government, the state government, the railroad companies and a handful of land prospectors were hammering out deals that would open up the Northwoods timber resources to the national marketplace by laying a system of railroad tracks.

Today a similar coalition of entities are brokering a decision that could provide broadband access to the region and deliver the information infrastructure many believe it needs to stay relevant in today’s economy.

Will the decision result in exploitation or sustained development? A coalition of Northwoods-based government, business and tribal entities spearheaded by the Forest County Potawatomi-owned business One Prospect Technologies has the answer, but they don’t know if the federal government is listen

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