Leaders from the Biden Administration said access to high-speed internet will bring opportunity and dignity for residents of rural communities in Wisconsin and across the country.

Tom Perez, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Don Graves, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce, visited Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse on Thursday to talk about federal money for broadband infrastructure.

Dairyland is one of the recipients of the Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Grant, a program created through the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The power cooperative received nearly $15 million in June to retrofit 240 miles of transmission lines with fiber optic cable for broadband over three years. The project will benefit Barron, Polk, Burnett and Washburn counties, as well as three Minnesota counties and two Iowa counties.

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