Cooperatives Receive ARPA Broadband Grants

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On Thursday, October 14, 2021, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin announced the recipients of the ARPA Broadband Access Grants. The Commission awarded $99,932,502 for 83 projects that will expand fiber broadband internet to more than 28,426 residential and 1,490 business locations that are currently unserved and underserved. The projects receiving awards are located in 40 counties and 3 Tribal lands. The grant awardees will provide matching funds of $101,942,388. The grants are expected to connect nearly 30,000 locations with new fiber broadband service.

Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services (Ellsworth, Wis.) was awarded $6.7 million. Ntera, LLC, a partnership between Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative (Cornell, Wis.) and Citizens Connection (New Auburn, Wis.), was awarded nearly $2.18 million. Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative, part of an ongoing collaboration with Richland Electric Cooperative (Richland Center, Wis.), also received significant grant support. Click here to view the full list of awards.