Archive for the ‘Economic Development’ Category

Rock County’s rural communities await broadband internet upgrades

05/01/2017 Economic Development, Rural Broadband, Wisconsin by j.smith

Rock County Rural Communities Await Broadband Internet, Janesville Gazette article, May 2017

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Benefits of Increased Broadband Access

02/23/2017 Data, Economic Development, Rural Broadband, Wisconsin by j.smith

Increased access to broadband provides opportunities across a wide range of areas, including positive impacts to economies, education, health, and quality of life. Improved Health Care Online records make it easier to communicate with doctors about health status and treatment options, resulting in better medical services. This can also help decrease treatment and administrative costs […]

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Crawford Co. Broadband Meeting

09/27/2016 Economic Development, Rural Broadband, Wisconsin by j.smith

Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout from Gays Mills, Wisconsin, Sept. 2016 By CHARLEY PREUSSER Three Crawford County neighbors decided they had about enough of slow and inadequate internet service and they set out to do something about it. Their goal is simple—they want to have high speed internet provided to their rural residences and […]

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Working with Wisconsin Businesses Online

09/07/2016 e-commerce, ecommerce, Economic Development, pilot, PSC / Link Wisconsin, Rural Broadband, Uncategorized, Wisconsin by j.smith

Consider these stories of real, rural Wisconsin businesses and their internet use: A local retail store began in 1988 with a single truck, delivering to a regional outlet. They have since expanded their sales network to a variety of wholesalers throughout the Midwest.  The internet has been essential to their expansion, and to what they […]

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Web & Online Training

08/05/2016 e-commerce, ecommerce, Economic Development, pilot, PSC / Link Wisconsin, Rural Broadband, Wisconsin by j.smith

Having even a basic website today is equivalent to being listed in the phone book. Businesses that are not online run the risk of losing customers and sales daily. We know that building up an online presence can be a difficult task for small businesses with limited resources–this is why the Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center […]

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Web and Online Training (e-commerce) July 2016

05/18/2016 e-commerce, ecommerce, Economic Development, PSC / Link Wisconsin, Wisconsin by j.smith

Web and online (e-commerce) training for business in Crawford and Vernon counties Wisconsin July 2016

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Spencer Broadband Meeting

02/26/2016 Digital Leader, Economic Development, Rural Broadband, Wisconsin by j.smith

Success Story: High Speed Internet, Spencer Branch Library, Marathon County, Wisconsin The Spencer Branch librarian came over to me and waited until a pause in my conversation. “Excuse me,” she said “I’m going to leave now. I locked the doors to the building. You all can leave when you like.” It was 8:15pm and the High Speed […]

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Legislative Update: Broadband Grants (PSC-W)

01/19/2016 Economic Development, Funding, Policy, PSC / Link Wisconsin, Rural Broadband, Wisconsin by j.smith

Republicans have introduced a bill to expand PSC-W broadband expansion grants. A recent amendment would expand the dollar amount, and change ongoing to biennial funding.   Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau This bill allows the Public Service Commission to make a total of $10,000,000 in broadband expansion grants during fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17. Under […]

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Pew: Fewer people using home broadband because it’s costly

12/22/2015 Data, Economic Development by j.smith

12-21-15 Associated Press (as reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) New York — More Americans are shunning costly home broadband and using their cellphones to get online, a new survey shows. Eighty percent of U.S. adults had Internet access this year, whether through a smartphone or a home Internet connection, up from 78% two years […]

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Gov. Visits Hurley WI (Broadband Grant)

12/02/2015 Economic Development, Funding, PSC / Link Wisconsin, Rural Broadband, Wisconsin by j.smith

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Hurley Tuesday to announce Iron County‘s broadband grant was successful. “We’re pleased to be here … talking about this grant today, and it’s really a great partnership. We’ve got the private sector, we’ve got the county and the county economic development elements all coming together here and we’re pleased to […]

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