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Will tower grants fund adequate broadband internet service?

Door County Broadband is seeking state grants to expand broadband internet services in Door County. Wisconsin received $160-million from the FCC for broadband expansion.
Door County Broadband wants to put up $30,000 of its own funding and is requesting that the Town of Jacksonport provide $25,000 as part of a grant request for a 190-foot tower for upgraded broadband service.  If the Public Service Commission approves a grant request it would provide $55,000 in matching funds.  Jacksonport Town Supervisor Tom Wilson, however, said when the town board met November 19th some taxpayers in the Clark Lake area might not benefit from such use of township funds.


The company says smaller towers to expand into underserved areas could be done with grant funding in 2021. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says having the communities and the county provide funding can help improve Door County Broadband's chances of receiving grant money.




Broadband providers in Door and Kewaunee counties and statewide have until December 19th to apply for the state grants, which will cover projects for 2020.

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