OFFICIAL NOTICE OF BOARD OF CANVASSERS
TOWN OF MILTON, BUFFALO COUNTY, WISCONSIN
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Canvassers will meet on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the Milton Town Hall, S2794 State Rd 88, Fountain City, WI 54629 at 4:00 p.m.
This Meeting is open to the General Public pursuant to State Statutes 19.84.
Dated: April 9, 2020
Kalene Engel, Town Clerk
The Town of Milton has been certified as a Telecommuter Forward! Community by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. The Telecommuter Forward! designation recognizes local units of government that have meet criteria for promoting telecommuting opportunities in partnership with broadband providers, economic development professionals, and the Wisconsin Broadband Office. For more information, please visit https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/TelecommuterForward.aspx
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission just UNANIMOUSLY approved the Cochrane Cooperative Telephone Company application for the Town of Milton Broadband Expansion!
It was the number 1 ranked application in the state, out of 78 applications, as ranked by the staff of the Public Service Commission, and was fully funded for the amount requested.
For more information, and to access the staff memo and rankings, please visit http://apps.psc.wi.gov/…/eventscalend…/content/EAgenda.aspx…
Go to Item 10 on the Public Agenda and click to access the attachments.
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.”