Rural households in Wisconsin to get high speed internet

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Jo

It has been reported that thousands of households in rural parts of Wisconsin are set to get access to high speed internet services from federal stimulus dollars approved in 2009.

High speed internet access is something that many people are eager to have access to but many are unable to access easily, particularly those living in places such as rural and hard to reach areas. However, thousands of households in rural parts of Wisconsin could soon have access to high speed internet thanks to federal stimulus dollars approved in 2009.

More than 7400 households are expected to be provided with access to high speed internet as a result of the stimulus, which is something that will benefit many people in a wide range of ways. On top of this, the rollout of the high speed internet access to these thousands of homes will also result in the creation of hundreds of jobs, with reports that around 659 jobs will be created.

Pre-bid meetings are to be hosted by Madison based TDS Telecommunications Corp. where more details will be provided on its on its 11 broadband network expansion projects across the state. The project is costing $33.4 million and will benefit from $25 million in federal grants that will come through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Drew Petersen, vice president of external affairs and communications at TDS, said: “From the economic development aspects of it, having access to broadband has more job creation potential. From the ability to site a manufacturing facility that is contingent upon having suitable communications infrastructure, some areas of the state now will have access to technology they didn’t have previously.”