The availability, quality and competiveness of broadband service have become and will continue to be a key issue for Wisconsin’s economy, according to Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, speaking last night at the LinkWisconsin Broadband Symposium in Madison, Wis.
“The lack of reliable and affordable broadband capabilities in many areas in Wisconsin is hampering the ability of individuals, families and business to access the opportunities offered by modern technology,” Hall said.
Hall said the United States ranks seventh globally in accessibility of broadband. He said Wisconsin nationally ranks 24th in access and 38th in adoption in broadband.
“People want to work and live where there is quality and affordable broadband. Businesses have not started because of a lack of broadband in some areas of the state,” Hall said. “Many businesses in areas of Wisconsin, if they are to compete on a global economy, need to have to broadband availability brought up to modern standards.”
WEDC has partnered with the Public Service Commission and University of Wisconsin-Extension on the formation and distribution of a broadband end-user survey that is being disseminated across the state to access broadband needs and gaps. The goal is to provide accurate data to providers and policy leaders for future broadband planning.
The Business Broadband Survey is available through April 17 at http://wisconsindashboard.org/business-survey.
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