Town of Milton, Buffalo County has been certified as a Broadband Forward community by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin which distinguishes the township as supportive of increased broadband access by taking steps to reduce obstacles for private and public investment.
Governor Scott Walker signed The Broadband Forward! Community certification bill into law as 2015 Act 287.
“Town of Milton, Buffalo County is a great example of a rural Wisconsin community working hard to ensure their community is connected,” said Governor Scott Walker. “It’s an important stepping stone into further broadband expansion and economic development.”
“Expanding broadband is critical to Town of Milton, Buffalo County and we need to take all the steps we can to reduce the hurdles for deployment of additional infrastructure,” said (insert name of municipal leader). “Our Broadband Forward certification sends the signal that we’re serious about working with broadband providers to extend service.”
“The State Broadband Office at the Public Service Commission stands ready to serve as a resource to communities and providers looking to maximize broadband infrastructure investments in Wisconsin—with the goal of bringing broadband service to every corner of our state,” Walker said.
To assist in the expansion of broadband in Wisconsin, Governor Walker created the Broadband Expansion Grant Program in the 2011-2013 biennial budget. In 2015, Governor Walker and the Legislature tripled the amount of funding for broadband expansion grants to $1.5 million annually; with a total of $6 million allocated from the Universal Service Fund cash reserves, to fund grants over a 4-year period. “Our current budget allocates a historic $35.5 million in additional spending for broadband expansion efforts via the expansion grant program and TEACH grants,” said Walker.
“In addition to these significant and flexible public-private grants, a six-year, $570 million federal program is providing funding to expand rural broadband access in Wisconsin,” said Walker. “Any improvement in the speed and efficiency of these investments, such as that provided by the Broadband Forward! Community Program, will make a significant difference in Wisconsin.”
TOWN OF MILTON
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF ELECTORS
Notice is hereby given that a Special Town Meeting of the electors of the Town of Milton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, will be held on January 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Granum Auditorium of Cochrane-Fountain City High School, S2770 State Highway 35, Fountain City, WI. The purpose of the Special Town Meeting of Electors is to seek input from the electors on whether to use some of the town’s CapX funds to partially fund an expansion of broadband services to town residents.
Just prior to the start of the meeting, any qualified elector of the Town of Milton may sign up to speak at the meeting. A qualified elector is a resident who would be eligible to vote in an election in the township. The time allowed for each speaker will be limited by the Chairperson, based upon the number of persons wishing to speak. Persons who are not qualified electors of the township may attend the meeting, but will not be allowed to speak. An advisory vote of qualified electors will be taken at the conclusion of any comment or question/answer period.
Qualified electors who are unable to attend the January 10, 2018 meeting may express their opinion on the broadband expansion by providing written comments to Town Clerk by January 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Comments may be submitted by e-mail ([email protected]), fax (507) 457-0519, personal delivery or U.S. Mail (Kalene Engel, Milton Town Clerk, W823 Engel Road, Fountain City, WI 54629). All submissions must contain the name and address of the elector, a statement confirming that the elector is a resident of the township and a clear indication as to whether the elector SUPPORTS or OPPOSES using some of the town’s CapX funds to partially fund an expansion of broadband services to town residents. Persons from the same household must submit individual letters/comments in order for them to be counted separately. Any written comments which are received in an unacceptable format or after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, see www.townofmiltonwi.com.
Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of the Town of Milton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin will meet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 immediately after the conclusion of the Special Town Meeting of Electors (which starts at 6:00 p.m.).
Dated: December 22, 2017
By Kalene Engel, Town Clerk
Recently, town residents received a CCT Survey & Letters from Town Board regarding broadband expansion and other projects being considered by the town. If you want to provide input on which projects you support and are not able to attend the meeting on December 13th, please send your comments to Kalene Engel, Town Clerk. Comments should be in writing, dated and include the name or names of the persons expressing those comments, as well as their property address. Comments can be e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to W823 Engel Road, Fountain City, WI 54629. Comments must be received by December 12th at 5pm to be included in the compiled list of comments which will be provided to the Town Board Chairperson and Supervisors.