Wireless internet grows in rural area

The great flood of June 2008 is washing new opportunity into the region.

Rural areas east of Ripon are likely to enjoy new or increased access to wireless internet thanks to a much-celebrated partnership between Fond du Lac County and a wireless provider.

Using Midwest Disaster Area revenue bonds from the 2008 washout, Bug Tussel Wireless teamed up with the county to finance a major broadband internet expansion. It’s now complete.

“For the Midwest Disaster Area revenue bonds, they need a ‘municipal sponsor’ — a sponsor who says that this a viable project and this is a good project, so we act as a conduit for the bonds,” said Erin Gerred, director of administration in Fond du Lac County. “Hilbert Communications/Bug Tussel Wireless were eligible for these Midwest Disaster Area revenue bonds due to the flooding that took place in 2008.”

The expansion was done for consumer benefit, as well as to promote economic development throughout rural areas of Fond du Lac and Adams counties, a press statement explained.

What it means is, rural areas east of Ripon — including Rosendale, Brandon, Eldorado, Rogersville, Oakfield and others — now have new or improved access to wireless internet ... Find out how much it will cost in your home, in the Oct. 29 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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