RHINELANDER - Many people visit the Northwoods as a place to get away from cell phones, emails, and constant connection.
But people who live here need those options for home and business.
Development leaders say Oneida County is a poorly connected place in terms of technology.
Doing business or personal work through broadband IN the city of Rhinelander works pretty well.
Just about anywhere else in Oneida County, though, can be a struggle.
Having broadband is no longer just a nice perk for people who like technology or who live in the city.
"Internet access is like electricity. It's like getting water to your house. It's critical. They call it the information superhighway, but the internet really is as important as a road when it comes to doing business," says Oneida County Community Resource Development Agent Tim Brown.
Only a few areas have the top level of service in Oneida County.
That leaves smaller communities and rural areas lacking.
Development leaders want county and town governments to work to improve broadband.
But the government can't provide the service.
That would be illegal.
So instead, they need to convince providers to come here.
"There is demand here, that there is money to be made here, and we encourage you to invest in building more connections in our community," Brown says.
You can help the effort.
Follow the link below to take a survey on broadband needs in your area.
VILAS COUNTY - Voters can still cast their absentee ballots in person this week for the upcoming April 7 election. Voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3 to go to their municipal clerk's office to vote.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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