Lincoln County Residents Can Help Bring Broadband to Their Communities

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Doing a simple internet speed test will identify areas of need

Broadband access is vital to Wisconsin’s economic health and growth. Yet many homes and businesses do not have broadband access or Internet service speeds below FCC standards.

State and federal grants are available to bring broadband to underserved areas of the state, but in order to tap into these grants, the state must identify areas that need it most.

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors has formed a Special Interest Committee comprised of county board supervisors, IT and GIS professionals, and members of the public to better understand broadband needs and resources available for its development. They have partnered with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and surrounding counties and features to expand broadband access throughout the region. The first step is to roll out a simple internet speed test to everyone in Lincoln County to determine where assistance is needed.

“Broadband access will help Wisconsin attract businesses and workers, and broadband is essential for those working or doing homework or trying to access services online,” Missy said. Hughes, Secretary and CEO of WEDC. “But we can’t do this without the help of Wisconsinans across the state. We need as many of us as possible to take a very simple internet speed test.

The test will help determine where internet speeds fall below FCC standards and where the state should focus on building broadband infrastructure.

To take the test, simply visit the Lincoln County website (https://co.lincoln.wi.us) from your home or workplace by June 15, 2022. It will only take a few moments and personal information is always protected and never shared.

Even residents who don’t have internet access can help by logging on to the site from a friend’s house, the local library or from their cell phone. Click “Enter an address with no service available” to complete the survey.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads the state’s economic development efforts in advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities, and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. To visit wedc.org or follow WEDC on Twitter @WEDCNews to find out more.

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