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UW-Extension Broadband and E-commerce Education Center

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN |  Dec. 6   | Statewide Broadband Boot Camp 

Sign up today for this expanded, statewide UWEX Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center Broadband Boot Camp DECEMBER 6, Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids. This year's event combines the best of previous boot camps, with a focus on moving from talk to action. The day features "best of" examples and workshops for pathways and strategies to move your community forward on access to broadband, as well as adoption and utilization of broadband for community and economic development. 
Register today!  

Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center News

  • In an effort to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of broadband service in Iron County, particularly the resources offered to senior residents, the Gogebic Range Broadband Committee and UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center are holding an upcoming focus group session, Daily Globe
  • Three Crawford County neighbors decided they had about enough of slow and inadequate internet service and they set out to do something about it. It started with a simple call to Wisconsin State Senator Jennifer Shilling’s office and it just took off from there. Crawford Independent News
  • “Broadband in Rural Wisconsin:Taking Steps Forward”  teleconference 10-11:30 am. Cost: $20.00. This session will provide an overview of broadband access, as well as efforts underway to increase not only access but adoption and utilization in rural Wisconsin. Presenters:  Angie Dickinson (PSC State Broadband Office), Mary Kluz and Maria Alvarez-Stroud (UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center). Questions: Local Government Center (608) 262-9960. To register call (608) 262-0810 or visit


National News/Events
  • Facebook in talks with U.S. government officials and wireless carriers working to unveil an American version of 'Free Basics',  Washington Post (via BSL) 
  • Liberty County, Georgia, creates "“Homework Zones,” where "Wi-Fi enabled vehicles will stay parked from 2:30 - 11:30 p.m. and will allow students to access educational, school-district approved websites for classroom work." | Community Broadband Networks  (via Baller, Stokes, Lide) 
  • The Wireline Bureau of the FCC released clarification rules last week in Docket DA 16-1118 that describe how companies can participate in the broadband Lifeline program, Pots n' Pans blog 
  • Chairman Wheeler releases proposed new framework to regulate the business data services market | View overview of FCC proposal here; View response for US Telecom here. via BSL eNews
  • Cities spent millions on fast gigabit networks. No one is sure what they're good for, Benton Foundation 
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