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What Data Do You Need for Broadband Planning?

Data collection and data analysis can be a little overwhelming for communities and organizations that are engaged in all sorts of Community Economic Development Planning, including community broadband planning. The goal of this article is to share some of the public resources that are available to you.

Directory of Internet Service Providers

The purpose of this directory is to assist counties and/or communities in Wisconsin with finding private partners for broadband expansion. Please check back as the list changes and grows.

Workshops & Webinars

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Data and Community Engagement

This August 7, 2023 Lunch-n-Learn session highlighted data your community may need to collect and review for your broadband planning efforts.

Broadband 101 – Benefits of Broadband: Where do we go from here?

There is a strong positive relationship between internet access and economic growth and development. Studies that focus on more rural areas within the U.S. find that access to broadband is important in attracting new businesses, fostering entrepreneurship, enhancing farm profits, and even increasing the value of rural housing. It is clear that access to the internet and broadband in particular is no longer a luxury, but a necessary condition for regional economic growth and development. This article outlines the need for and the benefits of broadband.

Broadband 101 – How did we get here?

The reasons why broadband service has not reached all regions of the state and country are varied and complicated. Population density or rurality, infrastructure expense, data limitations, and legal structures all play a part, depending on the location. This article covers some explanations of why access remains low in some areas and among some populations.

Broadband 101: Broadband Defined

This article defines broadband, types of broadband infrastructure, technology and speed, internet for all (digital equity), and spells out organizational acronyms you may run across while learning about broadband.

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