KATHLEEN VINEHOUT
PEOPLE FIRST

WISCONSIN BROADBAND ACCESS EXPANSION

We first need to agree on what broadband is defined as. The federal definition – 25 Mbps speed and 3 Mbps upload is a good place to start.  Unfortunately, Senate Bill 49 (the bill speeding toward hasty passage) will award grants to those providing much less.

Wisconsin should independently verify that companies keep their promises to state (in their grant applications) and to consumers. Companies frequently promise one speed and deliver another, have broadband maps that show an area as served when it is not, and use poor service in an area to apply for a grant and then not delivering services to the neighbors.

Broadband is the 21st century equivalent of electricity. It is essential to make sure the promised “Rural Broadband” bill is the real deal for rural Wisconsin.  Wisconsin must invest enough money to actually make a difference in the problem.