Broadband en Grants Bring Faster Internet To Oneida, Vilas Counties <p></p><p>Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor stopped in Rhinelander Monday with money to expand the reach of broadband in the Northwoods.</p><p>Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Broadband Director&nbsp; Tithi&nbsp; Chattopadhyay presented three Northwoods high speed internet providers with grants to expand broadband fiber and wirless coverage.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:58:36 +0000 Ken Krall 21070 at Grants Bring Faster Internet To Oneida, Vilas Counties Broadband Brings Fab Lab, Second Home Business <p>The Executive Director of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation says the advent of faster Internet service will make a potentially-game changing effort possible.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17153 at Broadband Brings Fab Lab, Second Home Business Oneida County Committee Optimistic About Broadband Funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Oneida County Technology Committee is seeking funding from federal and state sources…to help fuel broadband development.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Chair Don Sidlowski says the committee is filing preliminary paperwork Friday for a grant program through the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:42:37 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 15221 at Lac du Flambeau Hosts Economic Development Summit <p>An <a href="" target="_blank">economic development summit</a> in Lac du Flambeau begins Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>The tribe’s spokesperson Brandon Thoms&nbsp;says it’s a way for businesses and leaders to share knowledge and build partnerships.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:31:20 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 14523 at Northwoods Libraries to See Better Internet <p>Several Northwoods libraries are set to see improved broadband service by November.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction have announced a 4.2 million dollar expansion of BadgerNet through a partnership with several private companies.&nbsp; The expansion will increase internet speeds for almost two thirds of the state’s libraries, including in Three Lakes, Eagle River, Crandon, and Mercer.&nbsp; Libraries in Land o Lakes and Hurley will also benefit.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:55 +0000 Natalie Jablonski & WSAU News 14230 at Northwoods Libraries to See Better Internet Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum <p>Voters in Phelps will have a referendum next spring on whether to go ahead with a plan for a new wireless internet tower. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A town meeting vote narrowly defeated a proposal for buying a property slated for tower construction.&nbsp; But a margin of just five votes prompted the town board this week to approve a referendum.</span></p><p>Phelps Town Chair Colin Snook says better high speed access would boost the economy.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:30:06 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 10650 at Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum U.S.D.A. Looking To Help Tribes Supply Broadband <p>A U.S.D.A. spokesperson says they're ready to help Native American tribes gear up to fulfill high-speed internet needs.</p><p>Representatives of the state's tribes met last week in Mole Lake with the U.S.D.A's Leslie Wheelock, who directs the Office of Tribal Relations in the nation's capitol.</p><p>She noted much of rural America is in need of high-speed internet access, especially on native lands. She says progress has been slow...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Ken Krall 10135 at U.S.D.A. Looking To Help Tribes Supply Broadband U.S.D.A. Official Meets With Wisconsin Tribes <p>A top official says she hopes to create a better dialog between tribal governments in Wisconsin and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p><p>Tribal Relations Director Leslie Wheelock met in Mole Lake with tribal representatives and organizations in the region under the U.S.D.A. umbrella.</p><p>She says they want to get the word out about what they have to offer concerning economic development and a host of programs. She says that communication is one of the most difficult parts of her job as she has to get the word out to 566 tribal governments on all issues.....</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:33:04 +0000 Ken Krall 10009 at U.S.D.A. Official Meets With Wisconsin Tribes Broadband Gap is Educational, Not Just Structural <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Providing broadband access is about more than just building infrastructure; education is also needed.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That&rsquo;s the message from Tithi&nbsp;Chattopadhyay, Broadband Chair for the state Public Service Commission.&nbsp; She says people who don&rsquo;t have access may not realize what they&rsquo;re missing - especially when it comes to business owners.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:48:42 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8740 at Broadband Gap is Educational, Not Just Structural OC Government Boards Seeking Faster Internet <p>The city of Rhinelander and the Oneida county board this week each passed resolutions hoping to jump start this region as a high-speed internet hot spot.</p><p>The county board resolved as a goal to make the county home to the best broadband opportunities of any rural county in Wisconsin. Later that day, the Rhinelander city council passed a similar resolution. The county board directed a committee to act as a conduit to Oneida County Economic Development for these matters.</p><p>UW-Extension Community Resource Development agent Tim Brown says the action sets a benchmark....</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:56:01 +0000 Ken Krall 6887 at OC Government Boards Seeking Faster Internet