The North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC) is receiving nearly $81,000 in a Capacity Building Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to collect and analyze data on broadband access in the state.

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access last year found that a lack of data on broadband access is a major barrier to fair and equitable internet access for communities across Wisconsin. Through this grant, the NCWRPC will be partnering with Breaking Point Solutions, a broadband analysis company, to track broadband access, speed, quality and cost in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties.

“If we’re going to meet the broadband needs of our residents, businesses, and communities in every corner of Wisconsin, our state has to have solid data on existing coverage,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s leading economic development organization. “Increasing broadband access in our state will play a major role in attracting business, entrepreneurs, and future residents to our rural communities.”

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