Statement Regarding Western Wisconsin Broadband Funding Increase

MADISON, WI – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved more than $163 million in funding to improve broadband access in Wisconsin over the next ten years. Counties in the 31st Senate District alone, will receive more than $61 million in broadband funding and expand access to nearly eight thousand residents.

Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) released the following statement regarding the FCC increase in broadband funding for Wisconsin:

“I’m encouraged by the FCC’s announcement and cautiously optimistic about how this funding will be used. This isn’t the first time Wisconsin received positive news about broadband expansion. The companies receiving these funds have done an excellent job so far, and I look forward to seeing the future results.

“We must stay committed to finding sustainable solutions on the state level. We need to prioritize broadband expansion in the Legislature to better connect our communities throughout the state.”

The 31st Senate District includes all of Buffalo and Pepin counties and portions of Trempealeau, Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa and Jackson counties and very small portions of Chippewa and St. Croix counties.