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4.2 Million dollar broadband expansion to libraries approved

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MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- A public-private partnership will be expanding broadband services in Wisconsin between now and November. That means over 325 libraries will be getting faster Internet service than they have now.

The Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction announced the 4.2 million dollar expansion of BadgerNet, which will increase Internet speeds for over 60% of the public libraries in the state. Department of Public Instruction spokesman Kurt Kiefer says numerous telephone and communications companies will begin running additional fiber optic lines very soon. “We hope to have construction started relatively soon, as soon as next month on some of of them, and then phase them over the course of the year. They’re hoping to finish up all of them on the list by November or during November.”

In many communities, the library is still the only public Internet access point, and the demand is far more than the system can handle. Kiefer says about half of the 380 plus libraries only have three megabit download speeds or less, and that simply doesn’t give enough Internet access. “One YouTube video running at one time can take a meg and a half, take up half of that, so you can well imagine that one person watching a training video in a library and someone else trying to check out some materials, that alone can clog things up.”

Kiefer says this will not eliminate all of the shortages for high speed Internet access, but it is a huge step forward. He says the expansion of high speed fiber optic networks will be beneficial for education as well as business and economic development.

Approximately 75 percent of the state’s school districts and 95 percent of its libraries have a connection to BadgerNet. As a result of the fiber project, libraries will get a 10Mbps BadgerNet connection for $100 per month and up to 100Mbps for $250 per month. Currently, only 8.5 percent of the state’s libraries have Internet connection speeds above 10Mbps. All of the state’s 17 regional library systems also will receive significant broadband increases.

(Listen to our interview with DPI's Kurt Kiefer on our website, here.)

Here's the list of sites to receive improved broadband services in 2014:

Wisconsin Library Broadband Expansion

Arrowhead Public Library System

Beloit Public Library

Clinton Public Library

Eager Free Public Library, Evansville

Edgerton Public Library

Hedberg Public Library, Janesville

Milton Public Library

Orfordville Public Library

Eastern Shores Library System

Cedar Grove Public Library

Cedarburg Public Library

Elkhart Lake Public Library

Frank L. Weyenberg Library, Mequon

Kohler Public Library

Lakeview Public Library - Random Lake

Mead Public Library, Sheboygan

Oostburg Public Library

Oscar Grady Library, Saukville

Plymouth Public Library

Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library

U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Public Library, Grafton

W.J. Niederkorn Public Library, Port Washington

Indianhead Federated Library System

Baldwin Public Library

Balsam Lake Public Library

Boyceville Public Library

Bruce Public Library

C.A. Friday Memorial Library, New Richmond

Cameron Public Library

Centuria Public Library

Clear Lake Public Library

Cornell Public Library

Ellsworth Public Library

Elmwood Public Library

Frederic Public Library

G. E. Bleskacek Memorial Library, Bloomer

Glenwood City Public Library

Hammond Community Library

Hazel Mackin Community Library, Roberts

Hudson Public Library

Luck Public Library

Milltown Public Library

Osceola Public Library

Pepin Public Library

Phillips Public Library

Plum City Public Library

Prescott Public Library

River Falls Public Library

Somerset Public Library

Spring Valley Public Library

Woodville Community Library

Kenosha County Library System

Community Library - Salem

Community Library - Silver Lake

Community Library - Twin Lakes

Kenosha Public Library - Civic Center Building

Kenosha Public Library - Northside

Kenosha Public Library - Simmons

Kenosha Public Library - Southwest

Kenosha Public Library - Uptown

Lakeshores Public Library System

Aram Public Library

Barrett Memorial Library

Brigham Memorial Library, Sharon

Burlington Public Library

Darien Public Library

East Troy Lions Public Library

Fontana Public Library

Genoa City Public Library

Graham Public Library, Union Grove

Lake Geneva Public Library

Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn

Racine Public Library

Rochester Public Library

Walworth Memorial Library

Waterford Public Library

Manitowoc-Calumet Library System

Chilton Public Library

Kiel Public Library

Manitowoc Public Library

New Holstein Public Library

Mid-Wisconsin Public Library System

Beaver Dam Public Library

Brownsville Public Library

Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson

Fox Lake Public Library

Germantown Community Library

Hartford Public Library - Park Avenue

Horicon Free Public Library

Hustisford Public Library

Hutchinson Memorial Library, Randolph

Iron Ridge Public Library

Irvin L. Young Public Library, Whitewater

Jefferson Public Library

Johnson Creek Public Library

Juneau Public Library

Karl Junginger Memorial Library, Waterloo

Kewaskum Public Library

L. D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills

Lomira QuadGraphics Community Library

Lowell Public Library

Mayville Public Library

Powers Memorial Library, Palmyra

Reeseville Public Library

Slinger Community Library

Theresa Public Library

Watertown Public Library

Waupun Public Library

West Bend Community Memorial Library

Milwaukee County Federated Library System

Brown Deer Public Library

Cudahy Family Library

Franklin Public Library

Greendale Public Library

Greenfield Public Library

Hales Corners Library

North Shore Library, Fox Point

Oak Creek Public Library

Saint Francis Public Library

Shorewood Public Library

South Milwaukee Public Library

Wauwatosa Public Library

West Allis Public Library

Whitefish Bay Public Library

Nicolet Public Library System

Algoma Public Library

Bonduel Public Library

Coleman-Pound Public Library

Crivitz Branch Library

Door County Library

Door County Library - Bailey's Harbor

Door County Library - Egg Harbor

Door County Library - Fish Creek

Door County Library - Forestville

Door County Library - Washington Island

Ephraim Branch Library

Farnsworth Public Library, Oconto

Florence County Library

Gillett Public Library

Green Earth Branch Library, De Pere

Kewaunee Public Library

Lakes Country Public Library

Lena Public Library

Mattoon-Hutchins Community Library

Niagara Branch Public Library

Oconto Falls Community Library

Oneida Community Library

Peshtigo Branch Public Library

Shawano City-County Library

Sister Bay Library

Stephenson Public Library, Marinette

Suring Area Public Library

Tigerton Branch Library

Wausaukee Branch Public Library

Wittenberg Branch Library

Northern Waters Public Library System

Bad River Tribal Library, Odanah

Bayfield Carnegie Library

Ben Guthrie/Lac du Flambeau Public Library

Boulder Junction Public Library

Drummond Public Library

Eleanor Ellis Public Library, Phelps

Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library, Iron River

Forest Lodge Library, Cable

Grantsburg Public Library

Hurley Public Library

Imogene McGrath Memorial Library, Lake Nebagamo

Joan Salman Memorial Library, Solon Springs

Koller Memorial Library, Manitowish Waters

Land O Lakes Public Library

Larsen Family Public Library, Webster

Legion Memorial Library, Mellen

Madeline Island Public Library, La Pointe

Mercer Public Library

Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River

Plum Lake Public Library, Sayner

Presque Isle Public Library

Shell Lake Public Library

Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library, Hayward

Spooner Memorial Library

Superior Public Library

Tice Public Library (Winter Public Library)

Vaughn Public Library, Ashland

Washburn Public Library

Winchester Public Library, Presque Isle

Outagamie Waupaca Library System

Black Creek Village Library

Clintonville Public Library

Ellison Public Library, Scandinavia

Gerard H. Van Hoof Library, Little Chute

Hortonville Public Library

Iola Village Library

James J. Siebers Memorial Library, Kimberly

Kaukauna Public Library

Marion Public Library

Muehl Public Library, Seymour

Neuschafer Community Library, Fremont

New London Public Library

Shiocton Public Library

Sturm Public Library, Manawa

Waupaca Public Library

Weyauwega Public Library

South Central Library System

Adams County Library

Angie Williams Cox Library, Pardeeville

Baraboo Public Library

Belleville Public Library

Black Earth Public Library

Brodhead Memorial Public Library

Cambridge Community Library

Columbus Public Library

Cross Plains Public Library

Dane County Library Service, Madison

Deerfield Public Library

DeForest Public Library

E. D. Locke Public Library, McFarland

Fitchburg Public Library

Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria

Kraemer Library & Community Center, Plain

La Valle Public Library

Lester Public Library of Arpin

Lester Public Library of Rome, Nekoosa

Lodi Woman's Club Public Library

Marshall Community-E.P. Sorenson Public Library

Mazomanie Free Library

Monroe Public Library

Mount Horeb Public Library

New Glarus Public Library

North Freedom Public Library

Oregon Public Library

Pinney Branch Library, Madison

Portage County Public Library - Almond Branch

Portage County Public Library - Plover Branch

Portage County Public Library - Rosholt Branch

Portage Public Library

Poynette Public Library

Prairie du Sac Public Library - Water Street

Reedsburg Public Library

Rock Springs Public Library

Sauk City Public Library

Spring Green Community Library

Stoughton Public Library

Sun Prairie Public Library

Verona Public Library

Waunakee Public Library

Wyocena Public Library

Southwest Wisconsin Library System

Argyle Public Library

Barneveld Public Library

Benton Public Library

Blanchardville Public Library

Bloomington Public Library

Brickl Memorial Library, Dickeyville

Cassville Public Library

Cobb Public Library

Cuba City Public Library

Dodgeville Public Library

Gays Mills Public Library

Hildebrand Memorial Library, Boscobel

John Turgeson Public Library, Belmont

Johnson Public Library, Darlington

Lester Public Library of Nekoosa

Lone Rock Community Library

McCoy Public Library, Shullsburg

Mineral Point Public Library

Muscoda Public Library

Potosi Branch Library

Prairie du Chien Memorial Library

Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster

Soldiers Grove Public Library

Viola Public Library

Waukesha County Library System

Alice Baker Public Library, Eagle

Big Bend Public Library

Brookfield Public Library

Butler Public Library

Delafield Public Library

Elm Grove Public Library

Hartland Public Library

Menomonee Falls Public Library

Mukwonago Community Library

Muskego Public Library

New Berlin Public Library

Oconomowoc Public Library

Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex

Pewaukee Public Library

Town Hall Library, North Lake

Winding Rivers Library System

Alma Public Library

Arcadia Free Public Library

Bekkum Memorial Library, Westby

Blair Preston Public Library

Cashton Public Library

Elroy Public Library

Ettrick Public Library

Galesville Public Library

Hillsboro Public Library

Kendall Public Library

Knutson Memorial Library, Coon Valley

La Crosse Public Library (2)

La Crosse Public Library - North

La Crosse Public Library - South

Lawton Memorial Library, La Farge

Mauston Public Library

McIntosh Memorial Library, Viroqua

Mondovi Public Library

Necedah Memorial Library

New Lisbon Memorial Library

Norwalk Public Library

Ontario Public Library

Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library, Trempealeau

Sparta Free Library

Strum Public Library

Taylor Memorial Library

Wilton Public Library

Wonewoc Public Library

Winnefox Public Library System

Brandon Public Library

Campbellsport Public Library

Carter Memorial Library, Omro

Coloma Public Library

Endeavor Public Library

Ethel Everhard Memorial Library, Westfield

Hancock Public Library

Leon-Saxeville Township Library, Pine River

Markesan Public Library

Mill Pond Public Library, Kingston

Montello Public Library

Neshkoro Public Library

Oakfield Public Library

Oxford Public Library

Packwaukee Public Library

Plainfield Public Library

Poy Sippi Public Library

Princeton Public Library

Red Granite Public Library

Spillman Public Library, North Fond du Lac

Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Abbotsford Public Library

Colby Public Library

Crandon Public Library

Dorchester Weix Memorial Library

Edith Evans Community Library, Laona

Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library, Three Lakes

Elcho Branch Library

Frances L. Simek Memorial Library Medford

Greenwood Public Library

Jean M. Thomsen Public Library, Stetsonville

Loyal Public Library

Neillsville Public Library

Owen Public Library

Rib Lake Public Library

T. B. Scott Free Library, Merrill

Thorp Public Library

Westboro Public Library – Second Street

Western Taylor County Public Library, Gilman

White Lake Branch Library

 

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