By Tim Kowols
Door County leaders have made strides in recent years to make the area friendlier for broadband Internet expansion. Two years after the Door County Board passed an amendment to a zoning ordinance regulating telecommunications towers, the county was named a Broadband Forward! Community by the Public Service Commission. The certification is given to those communities taking steps to reduce obstacles for private and public investment. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says broadband expansion is a key to helping the area grow.
Two towns in Door County, Forestville and Liberty Grove, have teamed up with local contractors to bring broadband Internet to their areas. Broadband expansion has been a key part of the last three state budgets, which helps fund the Broadband Forward! Community program.