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Broadband Expansion Grant Program (Wisconsin)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Public Service Commission of Wisconsin


    The Broadband Expansion Grant program provides reimbursement for equipment and construction expenses incurred to extend or improve broadband telecommunications service in underserved areas of the state. The objectives of this program are to:

    • Permit individuals that reside in areas of the state that have fewer than two broadband service providers to subscribe to broadband service; and
    • Ensure that grant funds are used for the construction of broadband facilities and are not used to subsidize the expenses of a telecommunications provider or the monthly bills of telecommunications customers.

    State grant funds are limited to construction projects proposing to build broadband facilities in unserved and underserved areas of the state. The grant program defines the following two terms:

    • Underserved area means an area of this state that is served by fewer than 2 broadband service providers providing a broadband service with a speed of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) for download transmission and 3 Mbps for upload transmission.
    • Unserved area means an area of the state that is not served by an internet service provider offering an internet service that is all of the following:
      • Fixed wireless service or wired service.
      • Provided at actual speeds of at least 5 Mbps for download transmission and 600 Kbps for upload transmission. 

    More information can be viewed at the Wisconsin Broadband Map at:


    History of Funding

    On March 18, 2021, over $24.8 million was awarded for 58 broadband expansion projects:

    Additional Information

    Applications with the following features will be prioritized:

    • Matching funds
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Lack of existing broadband service
    • Project impact
    • Scalability
    • Economic development
    • Spurring increased broadband development in adjacent areas


    Dennis Klaila

    Dennis Klaila
    610 N. Whitney Way P.O. Box 7854
    Madison, WI 53707-7854
    (608) 267-9780
    (608) 266-3957

    Wisconsin Broadband Office Staff

    Wisconsin Broadband Office Staff
    4822 Madison Yards Way
    Madison, WI 53705

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are WI organizations operated for profit or not for profit, including a cooperative; Telecommunications utilities; and Cities, villages, towns, or counties that have established a legal partnership or joint venture arrangement with an otherwise qualified organization or telecommunications utility.

    Interested applicants are encouraged to reference the WI Broadband Map at for more information.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by December 1, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $24,000,000 was available in total funding for FY 2021. Award amounts vary. Project periods will extend up to 24-months.

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