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AT&T/Sevastopol broadband deal continues positive momentum

Municipality by municipality, you are becoming better connected to the internet in Door County. On Monday, the Town of Sevastopol and AT&T announced they would partner on a fiber-powered project that would bring broadband access to more than 2,000 customers. According to the release, the $7.4 million public-private project, AT&T will provide fiber services to residential and business addresses in the Town of Sevastopol in Door County. Extensive planning and engineering work for this project will begin in the second quarter of 2024, with the network buildout expected to be complete within two years. Municipalities have been inking their own deals with broadband carriers over the last several months, ranging from Washington Island to Clay Banks. Door County Broadband Coordinator Jessica Hatch says that while some municipalities have been able to receive grants to fund parts of the projects, others have opted to go it alone. Hatch adds that there is still a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone who wants fast internet can get it.

The NEW North Broadband Equity map shows that despite the positive momentum in the county, there is still a long way to go. Less than 60 percent of Door County addresses are considered “served,” which is regarded as a connection of 100/20 Mbps or more. Hatch says that number could be higher than what is actually seen in the area, which is 14 percent underserved and 28 percent unserved.

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