Wisconsin officials approve $1.5 million broadband expansion

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(courtesy MGN Online)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has approved 11 grants to expand high-speed Internet access in rural Wisconsin in fiscal year 2016.

The grants total $1.5 million. The largest grant, over $286,000, went to Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC, in Chippewa County. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this is the third year the PSC has awarded broadband grants.

In 2014, it approved $500,000 in grants to seven applicants, and in 2015 it awarded $452,579 to seven applicants.

Broadband providers say that without government funds, they couldn’t afford to extend high-speed Internet to rural areas because there aren’t enough customers to justify the expense.