State grant will link town households to high-speed world
By Heather McDonald
Governor Scott Walker stopped in town of Hull as one of three visits to award $1.5 million in state grants for broadband expansion.
Amherst Telephone Co., which has a partnership with the town of Hull, received $170,000 of that – more than 10 percent – to expand broadband in the towns of Hull and Dewey, bringing high-speed access to more than 200 homes.
“Our goal is to get the whole gap filled,” Walker said during a brief stop at the Town Hall Friday, Aug. 18. “It’s important not just for attracting talent in expanding business and encouraging businesses to grow … it’s important for education … and as odd as it seems it’s even important for tourism.
“You’ve got a great partnership here,” he said. “You’re invested, you’re going to make it work. There’s a real demand.”
This is the second such grant awarded the Amherst company and town of Hull for broadband expansion. Last year, the town secured $150,000 to expand broadband into the towns of Hull, Dewey and Sharon, adding 167 households to the network. This new grant will continue where the last one left off.
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