Statewide GIS Data Needed for Broadband Access

Join us at the WLIA Fall Regional on Thursday, November 4th at 11:30 a.m. to hear how mapping data are essential in efforts to make broadband available to everyone in Wisconsin.

Colter Sikora (Public Service Commission (PSC)) and Shelley Witte (Department of Public Instruction (DPI)) will present “Why Wisconsin Needs Improved Mapping Data to Make Broadband Available for All.” Attend the Fall Regional and this session to hear how cross-agency and cross-sector collaborations are vital to develop the mapping data Wisconsin needs to make Broadband use universal statewide.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the PSC and the DPI began working to expand internet access to Wisconsin residents. The PSC works with internet providers and stakeholders to map coverage and assess connectivity needs across the state. The Commission is also administering over $200 million in broadband funding programs this biennium to expand access. DPI’s pre-pandemic focus was to address the “homework gap” between students who had internet access where they lived and those who didn’t have access due to affordability or availability. Each of these topics demands complete and consistent spatial data to inform the decisions of both agencies.

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