State Awards Grant for Local Broadband Upgrade

The Chippewa Valley is getting a boost to its broadband internet capability.

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced a 140,000 dollar grant to improve broadband access, awarded to the Chippewa Valley Inter-Networking Consortium, or CINC. The group is made up of 30 public and private partners, including schools, local governments, and hospitals.

"We know that internet connectivity, broadband service, is essential to public safety and education and economic development. So, basically, the internet touches every part of your life," Kleefisch said during a stop at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire.

The Lieutenant Governor gave an an example of how the upgrade will improve emergency healthcare.

"In this grant in particular, we're learning about how an ambulance can essentially 'beam up' the direct results of an EKG into an emergency room, so doctors have real-time information about the patient who is being transported," Kleefisch said.

The grant is part of 4.3 million dollars being awarded statewide over 2 years.