Wisconsin Rural Broadband

Wisconsin Eye Television recently hosted a 40 minute show on the topic of rural broadband (9-3-14) as part of their “Newsmakers” series. The program featured Senator Dale Schultz (17th district), Stan Gruszinski (State Director – USDA Office of Rural Development), and Andy Lewis (UWEX, Center for Community & Economic Development. An archived version of the […]

Increases in bandwidth demand and high costs for broadband still problematic in Wisconsin

Prior to the UWEX broadband ARRA application, there was very little data on broadband, and the data we had showed that Wisconsin lagged behind all of the surrounding states and the nation. While we had tremendous growth (381%) in the number of “high speed lines” (defined as slightly better than dial-up – 200 kbps download) […]

Downtown Internet Connectivity

Embracing the internet can help downtown businesses grow and compete. This article summarizes the responses to a survey concerning access to and use of broadband in downtown districts. The sample consists of the 35 responses received from downtown development and Main Street professionals in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. This was not a rigorously scientific survey, […]

Broadband and Downtown Economic Development

Broadband and Downtown Economic Development with Andy Lewis, Center for Community Technology Solutions | UW-Extension View this webinar now from November 21, 2013, noon (CST) Improving Internet connectivity can help downtown businesses grow and compete more effectively.  Quality Internet availability and Wi-Fi access have helped businesses and entire districts build market share and operate more […]