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New deal to bring broadband access to thousands in rural Wisconsin

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(WQOW) - Michigan-based Packerland Broadband and Microsoft have signed an agreement to bring broadband access to approximately 82,000 people living in rural regions of Wisconsin and Michigan's UP over the next four years. The agreement will impact people in Chippewa, Eau Claire and several other counties, according to an announcement from Microsoft.

Currently, more than 43 percent of people living in rural Wisconsin lack adequate access to broadband, limiting their opportunity to pursue better education, build small businesses, obtain healthcare and improve their farms, a press release said.

The following are Wisconsin counties impacted by the announcement: Marinette, Forest, Florence, Oconto, Langlade, Oneida, Marathon, Clark, Wood, Portage, Eau Claire, Ashland, Iron, Douglas, Juneau, Vernon, Dodge, Outagamie and Chippewa.

You can read the entire announcement here: Packerland/Microsoft Release.

Governor Walker put out a Tweet about the deal.

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