Through its many outreach and planning efforts throughout the state, the PSC's Wisconsin Broadband Office encourages broadband development and deployment by certifying local communities as being Broadband Forward!. A Broadband Forward! Community Certification signals that a local unit of government has taken steps to reduce obstacles to broadband infrastructure investment.  The PSC has created a model ordinance that satisfies the minimum requirements under Wis. Stat. § 196.504 to assist communities in this effort. Per Wis. Stat. § 196.504(9)(b), “if the commission develops a model ordinance under par. (a) and a political subdivision enacts a different ordinance that complies with sub. (5), the political subdivision shall, when applying for certification under sub. (4), provide the commission with a written statement that describes the ordinance and how the ordinance differs from the model ordinance.” If the political subdivision determines that the ordinance is the same (other than non-substantive stylistic differences) as the model ordinance, the political subdivision should make a note to that effect in the written statement.


Apply here for Broadband Forward! Certification

Model Ordinance(pdf)
Model Ordinance(word)


Broadband Forward! Certified Communities

The following communities have received Broadband Forward! certification:​

Town of Clam Falls
Village of Kronenwetter
Iowa County
City of Thorp
Town of Farmington (La Crosse County)
Town of Dunbar
Village of Cambria
Town of Knapp
Door County
Town of Russell (Bayfield County)
Town of Bear Bluff
Town of Land O' Lakes
Town of Stephenson
City of Fennimore
Buffalo County
Town of Berry
Town of Milton (Buffalo County)
Town of Liberty Grove
Town of Eureka
Town of King 
Town of Brigham 
Polk County 
Village of Pardeeville
​Town of Watertown
Town of St. Croix Falls 

Town of Anson
Town of Trade Lake
Town of West Sweden
Town of Sugar Creek
Town of Cloverland (Douglas County)
Sawyer County
Washburn County
Town of Athelsane
Bayfield County
Jefferson County
Town of Calumet
Town of Presque Isle
Price County

City of Dodgeville
Town of Poygan
Village of Bowler
Town of Warren (St. Croix County)
Town of Omro
Lafayette County
Town of Viroqua
Town of Franklin (Vernon County)
Town of Remington
Town of Winneconne
Town of Mondovi
Dunn County​
Broadband Forward Map


Contact Information

For further information about the application process for Broadband Forward! Certification or for any questions about the Broadband Forward! Community Model Ordinance, please contact Jaron McCallum at​ or (608) 267-2160.