LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Senator Tammy Baldwin said over the next eight years the government will plan and disperse funds to help rural communities build better broadband for internet access.
For years, Sen. Baldwin has been pushing for speedier internet access for rural Wisconsinites.
President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill that was passed into law on Monday includes funding to help areas with little-to-no internet see a change.
She said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed equity issues with low and slow internet problems for rural communities.
"It showed everybody how vital high speed broadband that's affordable is," (D) Sen. Baldwin said. "This Build Back Better Infrastructure Act is really really focused on making sure that everybody has access in the time horizon of this bill."
The Federal Communications Commission and Wisconsin Public Services Commission will map out and disperse broadband infrastructure within the next eight years.
Baldwin said the teams distributing the funds will focus on accountability and transparency so that those who receive this funding use it specifically for broadband improvements.