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August 17, 2019

7/16/2019 7:30:00 AM
Letter writer laments state's 'digital divide'

To the Editor:

Wireless 5G, so what? During recent legislation in Madison pertaining to Wireless 5G and all the details of 5G, I say "so what?"

If you live in the rural areas of this state, like I do, you won't see it for a very long time due to the limitations of 5G itself. 5G will first appear in areas of concentrated population. Sound familiar? Living in the rural areas of this state, we are still dealing with the digital divide when it comes to broadband service. Dollars spent related to broadband by former Gov. Walker was nothing short of peeing in the ocean. How's that working? Gov. Evers proposed $78 million dollars for the budget but the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed $60 million dollars. I'm sure that the Republican-controlled Finance Committee is patting itself on the back and touting "look what we did." Until there is a fiber optic cable backbone (a super broadband highway) across the state serving all of the rural areas of this state, no bragging allowed.

The state broadband office under the Public Service Commission (PSC) will be working with $48 million dollars for broadband grants coming up. Employees at the PSC are probably still in shock at the dollars they have to work with and what they had to work with in the past under former Gov. Walker.



Terry Nichols

Colfax





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