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State News: State Struggles to Meet Rural Broadband Demand


Wisconsin will provide a record amount of money for broadband internet in underserved areas of the state. The $24 million the state is making available in 2020 through the Broadband Expansion Grant Program is the largest amount since it began in 2014 – but it’s still not enough to meet demand.

“We received over $50 million in requests,” said Jaron McCallum, state broadband director for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, which administers the grant program. “That’s really been a consistent theme throughout our program.

“Requests far exceed available funding,”…



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