From Washington Island to Forestville, municipality leaders are working to ensure you have better access to the internet in the future. Door County broadband coordinator Jessica Hatch updated the Door County Board on the progress made at Friday’s meeting. At the beginning of the process last April, it was determined that 1,574 miles of fiber are needed to wire the county with high-speed internet to over $130 million. The bulk of the fiber and investment is required for the county’s more rural areas. Hatch says its ongoing surveying of Door County residents shows the dire need for better, more reliable internet throughout the county.
Of the 19 municipalities that make up Door County, only Washington Island and Baileys Harbor have received grants and begun work to improve internet access in their communities. Five others have confirmed municipal internet service provider (ISP) partnerships, while nine others are working to confirm their agreements with ISPs soon. The villages of Ephraim and Forestville and the City of Sturgeon Bay are the only municipalities that need a broadband or ISP partnership committee formed. You can listen to the entire presentation by clicking below.