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Broadband Expansion Grant Program

Broadband Grant Applications for FY 2017
The Broadband Expansion Grant program provides reimbursement for equipment and construction expenses incurred to extend or improve broadband telecommunications service in underserved areas of the state.  In Fiscal Year 2017 the Commission may award one or more grants that, in aggregate, do not exceed $1,500,000 to public and private entities that meet the eligibility requirements.

An application for a grant may be submitted by any of the following entities:

  1. An organization operated for profit or not for profit, including a cooperative.
  2. A telecommunications utility.
  3. A city, village, town, or county that has established a legal partnership or joint venture arrangement with an otherwise qualified organization or telecommunications utility.

Grant applications are due no later than 4:00 pm on June 16, 2016.


Links to Documents for FY 2017
Documents pertaining to the FY 2017 grant cycle may be found at the following links:

Application Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Writing Workshops
The PSC and UW-Extension will sponsor a series of workshops around the state to provide information and answer questions regarding the Broadband grant program. The workshops will be conducted at the following locations

To register, please RSVP here:
April 12, 2016
9:00 - 11:30 am Eagle River Northwoods Center
115 S 3rd St.
Eagle River, WI
April 13, 2016
9:00 - 11:30 am Comfort Suites
15586 W County Rd. B
Hayward, WI
April 14, 2016
9:00 - 11:30 am Eau Claire Charter Bank
1010 W Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire, WI
April 18, 2016
9:00 - 11:30 am Suring Red Maple Golf Course
501 Golf Course Rd.
Suring, WI
April 20, 2016
8:30 - 11:00 am Iowa County Health & Human Services
Community Room
303 W Chapel St.
Dodgeville, WI
April 26, 2016
9:00 - 11:30 am Community Conference Center
211 S Hickory St.
Mauston, WI
May 4, 2016
10:00 - 11:30 am Online Webinar: Link

Broadband Map
For a map of Broadband Expansion Grant Eligible Areas, please go to files of the eligible areas may be download them from

Previous Grant Awards

For any questions regarding the grant, please contact Dennis Klaila by telephone at 608-267-9780 or by e-mail at