By Tim Kowols
Efforts in the public and private sector to make reliable broadband Internet more widely available in rural areas is picking up steam. According to the USA Today-Wisconsin Network, Microsoft and Packerland Broadband are working together to expand rural broadband access to 82,000 customers in northern Wisconsin counties and upper Michigan through unused TV frequencies. Broadband access has also been a hot topic for groups visiting the Legislature, including the Wisconsin Farmers Union just last week. Liberty Grove Town Chairperson John Lowry says he has been keeping a close eye on the trends and appreciates the effort being put into the issue.
Lowry hopes the town hears back on a Wisconsin Public Service grant they applied for that would provide funding for two new towers in the area in April.