Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

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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Can Broadband Reforms Reduce Rural Poverty?

12/08/2014 Policy, Rural Broadband by j.smith

Can Broadband Reforms Reduce Rural Poverty? Gillis Associates, Dec. 6 At its December Open Commission Meeting the Federal Communications Commission  (FCC) will consider several proposed national policy reforms intended to improve broadband access in rural areas. Arguably, those who have the most at stake are the approximately 8.5 million rural householders living in poverty.

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Broadband Summit Oct. 23-24 Madison WI

10/22/2012 Policy, PSC / Link Wisconsin, Rural Broadband, Uncategorized, Wisconsin by j.smith

Broadband Summit 2012 materials UWEX 2012 Summit Agenda UWEX 2012 Summit attendee list UWEX Building Subscribership Guide 10.2012 CAN Guide QR Code info sheet: What they are, how to use them UWC UWEX Government Relations Packet_Complete UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center Presentations 10.23.12 Chancellor Ray Cross PSC Broadband Director Tithi Chattopadhyay Roles Communities Can […]

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Tithi Chattopadhyay: Score for Wisconsin: A new broadband playbook

08/29/2012 Policy, PSC / Link Wisconsin, Wisconsin by j.smith

Reprinted from: http://bizopinion.wisbusiness.com/2012/08/tithi-chattopadhyay-score-for-wisconsin.html As the state’s first statewide broadband director, I am here to encourage a dialogue on how to best promote broadband deployment across the state. But first, I have to answer a common question. What is broadband? In short, broadband is high-speed Internet. In practice, it is a vital business tool, a key […]

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BCCB and LinkWisconsin

08/09/2011 Policy by j.smith

As you know there are several important initiatives emerging to improve high-speed Internet access throughout our region.  LinkWisconsin is a state-wide initiative that also promotes the availability and sustainable adoption of broadband. For the past several months Region 3 (comprised of Polk, Barron, Rusk, St. Croix, Dunn, Chippewa, Pierce, Eau Claire, Clark and Pepin Counties) […]

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League of Municipalities Supports Broadband Grants, WiscNet

06/14/2011 Policy by j.smith

In early April the League of Wisconsin Municipalities released data showing that the proposed savings from the tools provided by Act 10 covered only 61% of the cuts to municipal funding programs in Gov. Walker’s proposed state budget. ….. Finally, we strongly oppose JFC’s decisions to dismantle WisNet and to reject $37 million in federal […]

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CINC letter to Gov. Walker: How budget cuts hurt the Chippewa Valley

06/14/2011 Policy, Rural Broadband by j.smith

As you may know, the Chippewa Valley is one of five Wisconsin demonstration communities sharing in two Building Community Capacity through Broadband (BCCB) grants totaling $32.3 million to improve high-capacity Internet access and use (announced on August 18, 2010). On behalf of the 18 members of the Chippewa Valley Inter-Networking Consortium, I am writing because […]

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Regional Economic Development group supports grants, WiscNet

06/14/2011 Policy, Rural Broadband by j.smith

Momentum West, Inc., representing Economic Development in 10 West Wisconsin Counties, is extremely concerned that on June 3, 2011, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance passed three policy items: termination of the federal Building Community Capacity through Broadband (BCCB) Grants totaling $32.3 million which is designed to improve high-capacity Internet access; elimination of WiscNet […]

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Letter of support from CEO, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)

06/13/2011 Policy, Rural Broadband by j.smith

“You may recall meeting me in my previous position as Regional President and CEO of SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. Because of this position, I know firsthand the need for cost-effective, dependable high speed broadband for hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin, and I applaud the University of Wisconsin’s leadership in forging multi-stakeholder, public-private partnerships to […]

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Wisconsin Economic Development Association Supports BCCB

06/11/2011 Policy, Rural Broadband by j.smith

Late last week, the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance approved a motion to be included in the proposed 2011-13 biennial budget bill relating to the UW System and its plans for broadband deployment. Under the motion, the UW would be required to return more than $30 million in federal grant funds intended to extend broadband […]

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