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Wisconsin governor at La Crosse listening session, promoting broadband internet access



Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during an "Internet For All" listening session at the La Crosse Public Library on May 15, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Expansion of broadband service around Wisconsin brought the governor and the head of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to the La Crosse Public Library on Monday.

Gov. Tony Evers said the state has to do more to make online access more equitable and affordable.

Evers said the PSC estimates “there are hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who, not only don’t have reliable service, but many others who can’t afford the internet available to them.”

Wisconsin Public Service Commission chair Rebecca Valcq speaks during an “Internet For All” listening session at the La Crosse Public Library on May 15, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

“Internet for All” is the theme of a series of statewide listening sessions about internet access that began last week.

PSC chair, Rebecca Valcq, said Monday that it’s important for the state to learn which areas don’t have broadband service that’s easy to obtain.

“We need to know where the infrastructure isn’t, we need to know where the infrastructure is, we need to know what speeds are being provided in order for us to continue to be really good stewards of these federal dollars,” Valcq said.

Valcq added that the state has expert mapping ability, but it relies on communities to let Madison know where internet service is lacking.

Along with the La Crosse event, listening sessions are planned this month in Appleton, Madison and Platteville.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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