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Public Service Commission awards $100 million in broadband grants

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MADISON (WQOW) - More Wisconsin communities will have access to fiber broadband internet thanks to grants awarded by the Public Service Commission.

The Broadband Access Grants, totaling $99,932,502, were awarded Thursday to 83 projects across the state, many of which are in Western Wisconsin. According to the PSC, this expansion will make internet accessible to more than 28,000 Wisconsin residences in rural communities.  

The grants include one to Tri-County Coop in Jackson County for $2,177,500. Vernon Communications Coop is receiving $5,697,500 for work in Crawford County.  

According to officials with the PSC, those receiving these grants are providing matching funds for the projects. The PSC received money to make the grants possible from the American Rescue Plan Act. 

PSC officials said the projects are intended to be completed before the end of 2024. 

Click or tap here to see what communities are receiving grant money. 

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