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Wisconsin Broadband Updates

Broadband Boot Camp Recap

Earlier this month, our Center held a Broadband Boot Camp at UW-Eau Claire that allowed 36 community stakeholders and 7 telecommunications service providers from 12 counties to learn why they should use internet technology and connect with providers. Our Center's Broadband Educator Jill Hietpas explained the impact in Dunn County

Healthy Communities Conference

Center Director Maria Alvarez Stroud will be a panel moderator at the upcoming conference, "Investing in Healthy Rural Communities: Harvesting the power of people, place and partnerships". The conference will take place in Platteville, WI July 1 and focus on leading practices in healthy rural community development and investment. Register here

Broadband Maps

LinkWISCONSIN recently released another broadband map, called the Wisconsin Telecommuter Speed Map, that allows community members to see internet speeds and make the decision to telecommute. In addition, the Bandwith Assessment Tool (BAT) is a resource that allows community members to make decisions about their business concerning broadband access. The BAT uses information from individual assessments to show where a business could thrive in the context of broadband. Community members also have access to a Wisconsin broadband map that allows users to gauge different types of broadband access through LinkWISCONSIN, and country-wide broadband maps that display dispairities in access are available online through the FCC.

Articles: Wisconsin

A new high-speed internet service arrived in the Northwoods last month. Two brothers from Rhinelander, WI started a new company that helps give northern Wisconsin community members high-speed internet access. Read more

Articles: National

The FCC passed new rules on net neutrality this past February. Now, these new rules are officially in effect, but what does this really mean? 

Lifeline is a program that subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans, and the FCC is set to vote on the addition of subsidizing broadband service as part of Lifeline on June 18. What kind of impact could this have? 

The Broadband Opportunity Council issued a Request for Comment earlier this year. These comments are now available to view online on the NTIA website.  

Many Americans are living without broadband, causing them to lose many opportunities as the world becomes increasingly digital. Read more about these difficulties here

The internet is continually evolving, and a recent study estimates that global fixed broadband speeds will hit 43 mbps in 2019. Find out what this new speed means for internet services

SpaceX filed an application with the FCC last week with hopes of creating the first internet from space. How would this work?

Remember searching for a job? The way this search works is changing. With the emergence of sites like LinkedIn and, broadband plays an especially important role in connecting talent with opportunity. See the impact here

Video: #CyberSeniors: Can a teen teach a senior the ways of the internet? Watch this trailer to see what the Cyber Senior project did to help bridge the digital divide.
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