We're humbled to announce that Northwoods Connect is the recipient of two grants to expand Internet options in Oneida and Florence counties! We'll be sharing information soon on the exact locations and timelines, so please stay tuned. And a huge thank you to all our amazing partners who helped make this happen!
Here's a bit what WJFW has to say:
Paul Osterman can't rest for too long on a congratulations from Governor Scott Walker.
"It's a busy time, absolutely," Osterman said. "Now the real work begins."
The Northwoods Connect CEO joined Walker at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport on Friday morning to celebrate about $110,000 for new broadband towers in Oneida and Florence Counties.
"We're growing pretty rapidly, which is exciting and hard at times too," Osterman said.
Osterman's share is part of $1.5 million in broadband grants the governor and Public Service Commission doled out this summer.
"We want to have access in every part of the state of Wisconsin so that every citizen and every small business has access to high speed internet connections," Walker said.
Companies can use the money to build internet towers and lay important high speed wiring.
"Why I like it, even as a guy that doesn't like spending a lot of government money is it's one time," Walker said. "Once we're in, we lay that network down, then the cost to provide service is manageable."
The grant funding was a competitive process. The state received 53 applications totaling $7.4 million in requests. Northwoods counties pulled in about 15 percent of the total money awarded.
"These communities are shining examples of public/private partnerships and those local voices working together," Wisconsin State Broadband Director Angie Dickison said.