Door and Kewaunee counties are eagerly waiting for the $24 million broadband expansion grant round from this year’s state budget to make its way through the review process. Matt Sweeney, Communications and Legislative Director for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, says the applications were due back in December by eligible private and public entities that work on economic development and telecommunication utilities. The grants benefit areas where internet service may be hard to pick up.
Sweeney says the Wisconsin Public Service Commission staff recently reviewed them. The scoring of the applications is being done by a panel of non-partisan experts who will ultimately bring them forward to the commissioners. The applications will be taken up at an open meeting in the next six to eight weeks. Nsight Teleservices on Washington Island received a $104,331 broadband expansion grant last year.