MADISON — More than $5 million in CARES Act money will be invested in broadband access in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday.
The money will be awarded by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to applicants from the 2020 broadband expansion grants who did not receive funding and are able to connect customers by Dec. 30, 2020.
The PSC is also accepting applications for a second round of $24 million in grants that was appropriated in the 2019-2021 state biennial budget. That application period closes Dec. 1, and is expected to be awarded in spring of 2021, according to the governor's office.
“This pandemic further illustrates the need for additional funding to expand broadband. These dollars, along with our investments from the budget that I signed last year, will ensure that we are maximizing our expansion efforts to get folks connected,” said Gov. Evers in a release.
“I want to thank the governor for this funding and his continued commitment to getting our state connected with broadband internet,” according to PSC Chairperson, Rebecca Cameron Valcq, in the release. “I commit that we at the PSC will get this funding out quickly so projects can start construction as soon as possible.”