Public Service Commission: Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access Enters Third Year

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MADISON — On Wednesday, the governor’s broadband access task force held its first meeting to kick off the third year of work to improve broadband access in Wisconsin. New and returning members of the task force came together to reflect on past accomplishments and focus on this year’s goals.

“Expanding high-speed Internet access is essential for Wisconsin families, businesses and communities. That’s why it’s important that the Broadband Access Task Force continue its good work” , Governor Evers said. “Since 2019, we have made significant progress connecting the people of Wisconsin by funding projects that will bring new or improved broadband to more than 387,000 homes and businesses across our state, and the work of this task force to bringing people together to share their experiences and ideas will allow us to continue to build on our work to ensure that more Wisconsin residents have access to reliable high-speed Internet.

Governor Evers established the Broadband Access Task Force in July 2020 to advise the Governor and State Legislature on broadband actions, policies, and strategies to successfully expand the High Speed ​​Internet in Wisconsin. Since its inception, the Task Force has brought together a diverse group of members with relevant experience in this area. Through presentations and discussions, the task force developed knowledgeable recommendations to expand high-speed Internet access, adoption and affordability. These recommendations were included in the task force’s 2021 annual report and in the 2022 annual report.

Governor Evers has worked to expand broadband access in many ways. Since the governor took office in 2019, Wisconsin has disbursed or committed nearly $300 million for broadband expansion, including $105 million in federal funding led by the governor. State and federal funds allocated by Governor Evers for Broadband Grants have provided or will provide more than 387,000 homes and businesses with access to new or improved services.

Public Service Commission Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq welcomed new task force members during the meeting and thanked returning member Chris Meyer of Marshfield Clinic Health System as the new chairman of the working group. A full list of members can be found on the Working Group’s webpage.

“I am grateful to the members of the Broadband Access Task Force who have already done so much to advance broadband access and digital equity in our state,” added President Valcq. “It’s exciting to see the task force energized and eager to pursue the work ahead. »

Support for the task force is provided by the State Broadband Office of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). Members of the public can visit the PSC website to find a list of working group meetings and learn how to submit public comments. All working group meetings are open to the public. The task force’s next report is due to the governor and state legislature on June 30, 2023.

The next public meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

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