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8/11/2017 10:14:00 AM
MHTC receives grant from state for Iowa County broadband project
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

Governor Scott Walker joined the Public Service Commission (PSC) last week in announcing $1.5 million in Broadband Expansion Grants. One of the 13 recipients of funding is MHTC, who applied for a grant in conjunction with Iowa County to "build a fiber backbone and fixed wireless service in rural areas of Iowa County." MHTC will be receiving $126,162 from the state to aid in a broadband infrastructure investment.
"As broadband continues to become an increasingly integral part of our lives, I know that Wisconsin businesses and families will be well-served by these continued investments," Governor Walker said in a release.
In mid-April of this year, the Iowa County Board of Supervisors considered and discussed, at length, whether or not to sign an agreement of partnership with local internet provider MHTC to apply for a broadband expansion grant. A similar partnership was made between the City of Dodgeville and MHTC last year, which resulted in $55,360 in grant funding for a broadband project in the city's TIF 2 District.
County Administrator Larry Bierke told the board that the county was in a great position to apply for the grant as data was being collected from a county-wide broadband survey at the time. The board passed a motion 18-1 to establish a private/public partnership with MHTC, with the county providing $50,000 toward the project if the grant was awarded....
See the rest of the story in the August 10 Chronicle issue.





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