Feb 27, 201810:11 AMInside Wisconsin
with Tom Still
Continued progress on Wisconsin broadband will require mix of technologies
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The Wisconsin Assembly passed a resolution Feb. 22 to support “white space” technology, which could help prompt state pilot programs like those in other states and encourage the FCC to set aside unlicensed spectrum in each state in the 600 megahertz to 700 megahertz range. The resolution was immediately sent to the Senate, where action is pending.
Speaking Feb. 20 to the Tech Council Innovation Network in Madison, state broadband director Angie Dickison agreed it will likely take a mix of technologies to fill out Wisconsin’s broadband portfolio — which is improving due to private investment, federal initiatives, state aid, and community partnerships.
“Our broadband expansion grant program is agnostic … We’re in a wonderful time that we have all of these different (technology) options in front of us so that Wisconsin communities will potentially have choices,” Dickison said.
The same philosophy was on display in Washington, where federal policymakers were among those who spoke Feb. 14 at an annual gathering of CompTIA, the nation’s largest tech group. Democrats and Republicans alike emphasized the need for flexibility in government rules so that broadband technologies will be free to compete.
In Wisconsin, where thousands of people are still stranded on the wrong side of the “digital divide,” having that measure of choice is welcome.
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