Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mapping Wisconsin's Broadband Accesa (and Lack Thereof)

Link to November 9 Racine News post, "Governor Doyle Announces Broadband Improvements".

Excerpt: Governor Jim Doyle announced today that Wisconsin will be able to map broadband access and spread high-speed internet networks to more parts of the state through competitive federal grants totaling $1.7 million. The funding was awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This is an important first step in getting broadband communication lines to more parts of the state,” Governor Doyle said. “This effort will give us a clearer picture or where broadband service is and will help us enhance communication technology in Wisconsin.”

The Public Service Commission has retained LinkAmerica to map the broadband service currently available in Wisconsin and to help plan future expansions. In early 2010, an interactive tool will be available on the Public Service Commission’s web site (www.psc.wi.gov) that will allow consumers to search addresses and see what types of service is available, and at what speeds.

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