A state senator is calling on her fellow lawmakers to fund broadband access development in northern Wisconsin and bring the region up to speed with the rest of the state.
State Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, said the region’s lack of connectivity is dangerous, and that building cellphone towers and broadband infrastructure could boost the region’s economy.
"We’ve got people who are still using dial-up, and they’re a couple miles away from people who have fiber," Bewley said. "It’s very inconsistent, and it’s therefore very difficult to sell the north to other people in other parts of the state who may want to live here. We want to tell them that we are as connected as the rest of the state when it comes to communication."