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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared 2021 as the “Year of Broadband Access.” There has been a great deal of discussion about making broadband more accessible and affordable to Wisconsinites. Broadband is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity, says Randy Romanski, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The Rebuild Rural Coalition in late January asked for President Joe Biden’s support in rebuilding rural America’s infrastructure. In a letter to Biden the coalition cited needed improvements in roads, bridges, locks and dams. But it also cited rural-broadband access as greatly needing improvement. The coalition of 250 groups acknowledged that federal resources alone can’t solve the country’s infrastructure problems.