Wisconsin



State broadband website(s):

The Wisconsin Broadband Office oversees all broadband-related activities.

State broadband contact(s):

In 2013, the Governor created the Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The grant provides funding for the construction of broadband infrastructure in underserved areas of the state. The Public Service Commission administers the program through the Wisconsin Broadband Office.

State broadband coordinator:

The Wisconsin Broadband Office oversees all broadband-related activities.

Broadband programs:

In 2013, the Governor created the Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The grant provides funding for the construction of broadband infrastructure in underserved areas of the state. The Public Service Commission administers the program through the Wisconsin Broadband Office.

Funding for broadband:

Wisconsin allocated $35.5 million in additional spending for broadband access across Wisconsin. Specifically, the state allocated an additional $13 million for Broadband Expansion Grants over the 2017-19 biennium, and increased funding for Wisconsin’s Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grants by $22.5 million to provide students with high-speed internet, access to mobile hot spots, and access to laptop computers. The state also created a continuing appropriation for Broadband Expansion Grant program utilizing unencumbered state USF balances -- estimated to be approximately $2 million per year.

State information is gathered by BroadbandUSA using publically available sources (e.g. state websites). The information is validated by the points-of-contact at each state-level agency(-ies). This information was last updated Summer 2018. The information is reviewed and updated periodically.