High speed internet has arrived for some Northwoods residents and more is on the way.
Rhinelander-based Northwoods Connect Founder and CEO Paul Osterman says a new tower has gone live north of Rhinelander...
"....just completed and just launched the Newbold tower. The tower itself is located by Newbold Fire Station #2. That was built in cooperation with the town of Newbold. The service is active and live and we are currently putting on subscribers in the Newbold area....."
Osterman says other towers are being set up...
"....we're looking to launch our Sugar Camp north tower, as we call it, within the next month or so. We have a location picked out for the tower itself. Right now we're working through some electrical issues trying to get electricity over to the tower. We expect to have that completed within a month or so. We also have the Crescent tower in the town of Crescent, that is expected to go live in the first or second week of April. We have a few other towers expected to do this summer. Two in the Three Lakes area and two in Harshaw...."
Osterman says there are different speeds offered, but they have packages up to 25 megabits per second. He says later this year higher speed plans will be offered.
The Walker Administration is proposing another $35 million dollars be spent over the next three years to get high speed internet to underserved rural areas. That proposal has yet to pass the legislature.