WisconsinEye interviewed Forward Analytics Director Dale Knapp on expanding broadband access in Wisconsin. Knapp responded to the UW-Extension's Broadband and the Wisconsin Economy report stating that broadband access is closely related to population density and income levels, meaning the most rural and the lowest-income regions generally have the least access. The report continues to explain that in urban Wisconsin, more than 95% of households have Broadband access whereas, in the most rural counties, just 63% have access. "When you're thinking of putting in fiber or giving [rural or low-income Wisconsinites] access, and because of costs you only have 1 out of 3 taking it up because they can't afford it, that becomes another problem," Knapp said.
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