Fiber optic networks tailored to rural areas like Door and Kewaunee counties are growing and bringing high-speed internet through private-public partnerships. The Village of Weston, near Wausau, is the latest Wisconsin community to partner with phone, TV and internet company TDS. They'll break ground in spring on a fiber optic network that will provide up to 1-gigabit internet speeds, TV and voice services. TDS National Communications Manager DeAnne Boegli says partnering with rural communities makes it feasible to bring in high-speed internet.
The Weston fiber optic network project will cost between $8-10 million. When finished in the fall, the village's 4400 residents and 550 businesses will have full access to high-speed internet.