Building Broadband Co-ops to Serve Underserved Wisconsin Communities

Wisconsin will receive nearly $1.1 Billion from the federal government from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program to finance deployment of broadband internet services to underserved areas of the state. University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension cooperative and local government specialists will describe how cooperatives are created, how broadband services might be successfully deployed by developing member-owned broadband distribution cooperatives, and discuss potential financial partnerships with local units of government. The Badger state has a proud history of cooperation. More than 800 operating cooperatives are already owned by more than 2.9 million residents of the state. Wisconsin cooperatives operate in nearly every business sector and St. Norbert College Polling Center surveys demonstrate cooperatives enjoy the highest rate of consumer satisfaction of any business type.

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