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Boulder Junction awarded 2020 Highspeed Broadband Expansion PSC Grant

April 17, 2020

The Town of Boulder Junction, in partnership with CenturyTel of Northern Wisconsin, LLC d/b/a CenturyLink, filed a broadband expansion grant application for fiscal year 2020 with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC)for a project to supply fiber to the premise (FTTP) highspeed broadband to each Boulder Junction home and business within the 2020 project area. On March 19, 2020, the PSC notified CenturyLinkit will be awarded the $1,624,094 grant.

“Our project is likely to have a significant economic impact since broadband speeds will increase to levels supporting nearly any type of business, entrepreneur, or virtual worker,” town chairman Dennis Reuss said. “The proposed project will increase the ability for employees and business leaders to work from their Boulder Junction home, increase educational opportunities, allow new and existing businesses greater access to growth opportunities, enhance medical access options for patients and providers, and expand access to government programs and services. I cannot stress enough how critical this project is to Boulder Junction’s present and future economy.”

Scheduled to begin in summer 2020, it will be the first year of a projected two-year project providing fiber optic highspeed broadband to every home and business in Boulder Junction. The proposed highspeed broadband network will set a new standard for a Northwoods community and its highspeed broadband capability.

“It is tremendous the PSC recognized Boulder Junction with this grant award,” supervisor Laura Bertch said. “Our town got behind highspeed broadband and challenged the board to take action. With nearly 120 support letters, it was clear — Boulder Junction residents and stakeholders believe highspeed broadband provides a strong foundation for economic stability and prosperity.”

Jim Galloway, chair of the Boulder Junction Highspeed Broadband Expansion Committee said one of the next important steps would be “for property owners to sign up for installation.” 

“The cost of the installation is being paid by CenturyLink, a Wisconsin Public Service Commission grant, and the Town of Boulder Junction, but property owners need to confirm they want the fiber optic cable and service on their property,” Galloway said. “The Town of Boulder Junction website, townofboulderjunction. org, will have more information posted soon.”

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