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Kewaunee County broadband expansion buffering

Some Kewaunee County residents will have to wait a little longer than originally expected for better internet. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says both the county and Bug Tussel Wireless were hoping to have things ready by late spring and early summer. Delays in getting the necessary equipment like computer microchips and securing the necessary locations have forced the timeline back to late July and early August. In some cases, it could be in the fall when things are up and running. Feldt says the towers and the equipment that have already been installed have built up enthusiasm in the community.

The plan calls for installing equipment on six existing towers and building another half dozen to provide better internet coverage for almost 90 percent of the county. Feldt says the county is planning on applying for another round of broadband expansion grants later this year. The Wisconsin Legislature approved this week $125 million to expand broadband access throughout the state. A Forward Analytics Report showed that nearly 25 percent of the rural Wisconsin population lacked high-speed internet.

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