Study points to need for improved rural broadband across Wisconsin

Widespread access to high-speed broadband coverage is necessary for the overall health and prosperity of much of rural Wisconsin, according to a report issued this week by the Wisconsin Technology Council. “Connecting rural Wisconsin: The economic necessity of broadband” urges continued federal, state and private-sector efforts to make broadband coverage more pervasive in rural Wisconsin. The report outlines likely economic and social benefits of doing so, which include: Helping small businesses, which account for most new jobs in Wisconsin, to expand market reach and add customers. Creating more businesses related to information technology, one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy.