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2021-2022 Dane County Broadband Task Force Report Now Available!

The report from the 2021-2022 Dane County Broadband Task Force is now available, as well as the Dane County Broadband report from the UW River Falls Survey Research Center.

Dane County Broadband Task Force Report
Dane County Broadband Task Force Report - Appendix
UW River Falls Survey Research Center Dane County Broadband Survey Report
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Dane County Broadband Task Force

In 2020, the Dane County Board of Supervisors created the Dane County Broadband Task Force.  The task force was created through resolution 2020 RES-415 and outlines the work the task force will do over the course of the next year including: collect data, research and explore various funding mechanisms, partner with stakeholders to identify where broadband access is and is not, explore alternative solutions, and make recommendations to the County Board on the role of Dane County in facilitating the expansion of broadband services to residents.

Agendas, Minutes, and Recordings

September 8, 2022

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November 3, 2022

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October 6, 2022

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June 23, 2022

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July 20, 2021

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June 2, 2022

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April 7, 2022

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March 3, 2022

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August 5, 2021

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September 2, 2021

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October 7, 2021

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November 4, 2021

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December 2, 2021

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January 6, 2022

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February 3, 2022

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Federal government Affordable Connectivity Program

Recently announced, eligible houses can get internet service for little to no cost through a federal government program.  

 

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices. 

More information about the Affordable Connectivity Program can be found here: https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/ .  Information to sign up can be found here:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/getinternet/?utm_source=getinternet.gov

If a household is eligible, they could receive:

·        Up to a $30/month discount on internet service

·        Up to a $75/month discount if the household is on qualifying Tribal lands

·        A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

·        A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP

The document available here provides the basics of the Affordable Connectivity Program

Reference Materials and Resources

Reference Materials:

Marathon County Broadband Assessment and Plan

Marathon County Update Memo

Door County Broadband Engineering Assessment

Dane County Broadband Task Force One Page Overview (Hmong) (Spanish)

Dane County Broadband Task Force Overview Presentation

Test your speed!  MadRep Speed Test

Town of Vermont Letter

Town of Vermont Project Application

Broadband Delivery Methods - Presented at 12/2/21 Broadband Task Force Meeting

Portage County High-Speed Internet Needs Assessment Survey Report

Badger Talk: Broadband Internet and the Wisconsin Economy

Broadband and the Wisconsin Economy

WI Governor's Task Force on Broadband Access

WI Governor's Task Force on Broadband Access Report 

National Association of Counties Broadband Task Force Report

Task Force in the News:

April 23, 2021 - Dane County creates task force to address huge pockets of no internet in rural areas 

April 24, 2021 - Dane County forms task force to expand internet access 

July 7, 2021 - Funding, maps will be two focuses of new Dane County broadband task force

Resources:

Broadband USA: Glossary of Terms: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/publication-pdfs/bbusa_broadband_glossary.pdf 

Find your internet options: https://maps.psc.wi.gov/apps/WisconsinBroadbandMap/

View and print your local coverage map: https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/BroadbandMaps.aspx

Public Service Commission Internet and phone helpline: 608-267-3595

Broadband / Digital Equity Resources

Broadband Expansion Grant Information

For more information, please contact the Dane County Board of Supervisors (608) 266-5758 or Lauren Kuhl, kuhl.lauren@countyofdane.com