Recent reports detailed how a previously little-known portion of the state budget bill heavily restricts local governments from stopping placement of new cellular telephone towers. But participants in a WXPR forum on broadband says changes could help get more local cell service to under served areas.
Former Three Lakes town chair Don Sidlowski says they were able to work with a private provider...Cellcom...to get tower placements...
The jobless rate in the Northwoods remains nearly double of some other areas of Wisconsin.
Unemployment numbers released last month by the state showed June joblessness in the region at 11.2 percent in Iron county, 9.6 precent in Forest county, 9.2 percent in both Langlade and Lincoln counties, 8.4 percent in Vilas county, 8 percent in Oneida county. Price county had the areas lowest rate at 6.4 percent.
State economist Tom Walsh in Wausau says statewide, unemployment usually rises in May and June due to the number of students entering the workforce....
Putting together ways to provide faster internet to underserved areas of the Northwoods was the topic of a forum held recently in the White Pine Room at WXPR.
People from a private Internet provider, government, non-profit coalitions, tribal representatives, and education discussed the need for economic development and connecting to the outside world.
Rob Riordan from Cellcom says in the early days of telephone, the government required a little extra from customers to be able to help serve areas without service. That model could work for broadband...
The second Vilas county business incubator gets launched Saturday in Manitowish Waters.
A business incubator is established as a location where startups have the chance to setup their new venture with lower costs than if they went about it alone. Nicolet College also helps in mentoring the new businesses.
Vilas County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bob Egan says there has been talk that most Vilas county development centers around Eagle River. That will change Saturday...
A $3.9 million renovation project will begin at the rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility on the Aspirus Pleasant View campus in Phillips later this year.
The project is expected to begin in November and last about nine months. When enhancements are completed, the facility will feature updated patient rooms and facilities, new phone and fire alarm systems and larger commo areas.
Public utility regulators have approved a $220 million project to bury certain power lines.
Wisconsin Public Service plans to convert more than a thousand miles of overhead power lines to underground ones. Todd Steffen from WPS says the project should create more reliable electric service for Northwoods customers.
This week National Public Radio has had stories about the digitalization of medical records. Supporters say patients get better service, and it's easier for doctors, but it does raise security concerns.
At Aspirus in Wausau Chief Information Officer Todd Richardson says in the former paper process it was more difficult to get records to the right place at the right time...