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Assembly Passes Broadband Expansion Bill
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/13/2020

Legislation that creates parity for Internet providers by ending the so-called telephone tax has cleaned the state Assembly. Authored by Romaine Quinn of Barron, the measure reduces the cost of putting broadband fiber in the ground, making the expansion of such projects more cost-effective for small providers.

"The small cooperatives and other local providers who do so much to connect our communities have faced an uneven playing field for years," said Quinn. "By ending a tax on future investment, we make sure that companies are able to build out as much broadband and connect as many of our neighbors as possible."

In order to qualify for the exemption, a provider must serve a rural or underserved area and provide speeds of at least 25 megabits per second download and 3 mbps upload.

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