Local internet company needs your help to bring broadband to rural residents

(WQOW) – A local internet company is asking for your help to bring broadband to rural residents.

As News 18 has reported, Chibardun received a $21-million loan from the USDA to expand broadband services to bucolic buyers.

Now, staff at Ntera of New Auburn, are hoping state grants can help them do the same. They applied for four grants to bring service to residents in Bridge Creek, Cleveland, and Eagle Point townships.

A Ntera spokesman said there are countless benefits to bringing broadband to these customers  

"They’re immeasurable. We have a lot of people who want to work from home, but they can’t now," said Ross Falkenberg, with Ntera. "Telemedicine is huge. If you want to have a video chat with your doctor, online banking. The other major benefit is, we are a pretty big vacation area. We feel that people would stay longer and buy more services in the area if they had reliable broadband."

Falkenberg said if people voice their support to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, their chances of getting those grants goes up.

The deadline is Monday at 4:00 p.m. If you want to weigh in, click here. 
 

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