- You could soon get to your favorite websites faster in parts of Central andNorthern Wisconsin.The state will use $4.2 million from the federal government to boost broadbandat libraries in Wisconsin.That includes the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes. Demmer MemorialLibrary Director Janet Dixon says the upgrade will make their internet threetimes faster for the same price they pay now."Our patrons are doing a lot of research on our computers now and sometimesthey're awfully slow and we would really like to have that consistent speed forthem," Dixon said.More than 350 libraries across Wisconsin will get the internet speed boost.Dixon says the fiber broadband will get their connection from 3mbps to 10mbps.She believes the upgrade will help rural areas avoid falling behind intechnology and opportunity. "I think the speed is important for them (patrons)," Dixon said. "So we want tobe able to provide that even though we're up here in the Northwoods, we want tohave good internet service."Workers will start laying the broadband fiber lines in April. That meanslibraries could get the broadband boost by November. State Superintendent TonyEvers is excited for the project."More than 60 percent of our public libraries report inadequate Internetconnection speeds to serve library patrons," Evers said in a press release."Many of our libraries are the only public Internet access in their small, ruralcommunities. Our libraries provide online education resources for students ofall ages including BadgerLink services for job seekers and information ongovernment services so this upgrade of Internet connectivity will be a welcomeimprovement across the state."Planning for the project started in 2013 and is a part of improving the state'sBadgerNet broadband connection.
Story By: Adam Fox