One of the largest internet service expansions in rural Wisconsin is well underway as Charter Communications aims to connect around 140,000 homes and businesses.

If successful, it would fill many of the coverage gaps in the state where an estimated 650,000 people lack access to high-speed internet, also known as broadband. Another 650,000 have access but can’t afford what’s available, according to the state Public Service Commission.

Charter’s $668 million project is partially funded by $168 million from the federal government’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Nationwide, that program is supposed to get broadband to 5 million homes and businesses over 10 years.

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