Currently, about six hundred thousand Wisconsinites do not have access to wired broadband services where they live – and over one hundred and seventy thousand do not have access to wired Internet providers. Helen Marks Dicks, Director of State Issue Advocacy at AARP Wisconsin, says, “28 percent of our world population does not have access to broadband.”

Says Marks, “Making sure everyone in Wisconsin has access to reliable, affordable broadband has become a big problem.”

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ budget includes provisions to expand broadband infrastructure and subsidize monthly subscription fees for low-income families. However, there is no guarantee that this provision will be part of the final budget, which must first be approved by the legislature and then put into effect by the governor. If you would like to leave the broadband expansion in the household, please contact your state parliament.