Frustrated by poor internet service from that part of Wisconsin’s only commercial provider, Lac du Flambeau tribal officials decided to build and operate their own internet.

“During COVID, it came out like a sore thumb,” said Dion Reynolds, Lac du Flambeau’s chief operating officer.

When people were forced to work and go to school from home at the start of the pandemic, many people on the reservation found they couldn’t even send an email because of spotty internet service.

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