State Broadband Expansion Grants

​Overview

The purpose of the Broadband Expansion Grant Program is to encourage the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability in underserved areas of the state. This state program was established in 2014 and follows statutory requirements set forth in Wis. Stat. § 196.504​.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a clear and achievable plan to improve broadband communications services in one or more underserved areas in the state.​

Who is eligible to apply

​Eligible applicants include an organization, a telecommunications utility, or a city, village, town, or county that has established a legal partnership or joint venture arrangement with an otherwise qualified organization or telecommunications utility, and as such meets the eligibility requirements set forth in Wis. Stat. § 196.504(1).

​​Additional Grant Details
Currently accepting​​ applications
​​No​
The application period closed on March 17, 2022.
​Matching funds required
​No, but it is a priority factor
Docket Number
​5-BF-2022
Questions related to application processPSCStatebroadbandoffice@wisconsin.gov​

​​Application Materials​

​The application materials for the State Broadband Expansion Grant Program are listed below.​

Application​​ Instructions

Letter to Persons Interested in the State Broadband Expansion Grant Program

State Broad​band Expansion Grant Instructions (PDF)

State Broad​band Expansion Grant Instructions ​(Word)
State Broadband Expansion Grant Information about FY2022 Grant Agreements​​
​ State Broadband Expansion DRAFT Grant Agreement FY2022 – Bonding - The draft grant agreement contains updated language and additional provisions related to general obligations bonds as the source of funds in FY2022. Please review the grant agreement when developing an application. The Wisconsin Broadband Office staff can assist with additional questions.
Governor Evers and PSC Announce USDA Accepting Lien Subordination Applications​ ​​​​​
State Broadband Expansion Grant Frequently Asked ​Questions – Updated March 7, 2022

Eligibility Map​s​​

These links will be updated after the grant announcement to reflect the newest coverage data available.
Check these links for updates.

​​Budget

State Broadband Budget Categories Reference​​

Webinars

State Broadband Expansion Grants – Information & Overview, February 10, 2022 

How to Map Your Broadband Grant Project, February 11, 2022

State Broadband Expansion Grants – Information & Overview, December 8, 2021


 ​Resources for Current State Broadband Grant Recipients

​Reimbursement

Reporting​

Other​​

Questions about Current State Grants

Dennis Klaila
608-267-9780
dennis.klaila@wisconsin.gov​


Previously Awarded Broadband Grants​

State Funded

​​State Fiscal Year
Awarded
Projects

​Total Funds Awarded

​Docket

​Grant Awards
Summ​ary


​Map of Awards

​​2022
71​​$124,967,392
5-BF-2022​2022 Awards
2022 Map
​2021​

​58
​$28,431,738
5-BF-2021
​2021 Awards
2021 Map
​2020
​72
​$23,995,003
5-BF-2020
2020 Awards
​2020 Map
​2019
​37
​$7,053,577
​5-BF-2019
2019 Awards






2014-2019 Map​​​​​​​

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​2018: Round 2 
​46
​$7,688,982

​5-BF​-2018​

2018: Round 2 Awards
​2018: Round 1
​13
​$1,500,000
​2018: Round 1 Awards
​2017
​17
​$1,500,000
​5-BF-2017
2017 Awards
​2016
​11
​$1,500,000
​5-BF-100
​2016 Awards
​2015
​7
​$452,579
5-GT-100
​2015 Awards
​2014
​7
​$500,000
​5-GF-237
2014 Awards
Total
339
$​​197,589,271

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