Additional $40 Million in Federal Funding for Broadband Infrastructure Headed to Wisconsin

Tens of millions of additional federal dollars are headed to Wisconsin to provide thousands of additional homes and businesses access to reliable, high-speed internet, the White House announced Thursday.

Speaking to reporters during a press call, Jacob Leibenluft, who leads a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department tasked with overseeing projects created by the American Rescue Plan, told reporters that $40 million for broadband infrastructure will be sent to Wisconsin — enough funds to connect an estimated 8,000 homes and businesses to high-speed internet.

That $40 million is just a portion of $189 million earmarked for Wisconsin through the Capital Projects Fund. The Capital Projects Fund is a $10 billion project created by the American Rescue Plan aimed at ensuring “that all communities have access to … high-quality modern infrastructure, including broadband,” according to the Treasury Department.

Joseph Wender, another Treasury Department official and director of the fund, said the remaining $149 million will be awarded at a later date after the department approves plans for how the money is going to be spent.

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq said the state plans to use at least portions of the remaining funds on “digital connectivity” and “multipurpose community facility” projects. She said those projects — which she did not offer more details about Thursday — are under review by the Treasury Department.