The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC or Commission) is now accepting applications for multiple federally funded grant programs to assist in the state’s broadband and digital equity planning efforts.
In December 2022, Gov. Tony Evers and the PSC announced the state will receive nearly $6 million to plan for the deployment and adoption of affordable, equitable, and reliable high-speed Internet throughout the state. This investment, awarded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is part of the ‘Internet for All’ initiative under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden in 2021.
The ‘Internet for All’ initiative includes the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program and Digital Equity Program; both programs will help build broadband infrastructure and promote digital equity in the state. The federally funded, state-administered grant programs now open are the BEAD Workforce Planning Grant and the Digital Equity Outreach Grant; more information will soon be available regarding the BEAD Local Planning Grant.