Sauk County in partnership with Reedsburg Utility Commission, is looking to continue its on-going goal of providing broadband internet access in rural areas of the county, by continuing a project in Spring Green.
The project began in 2019 after the Reedsburg Utility Commission was awarded two state grants to expand broadband services to the village of Spring Green and the town of Lake Delton.
The commission received about $305,000 in grant funds to connect a fiber-cable backbone through the village of Spring Green. Ken Las, communications supervisor for Reedsburg Utility Commission said work will continue once the weather allows.
“We got about two and a half miles in Spring Green this fall, we put a facility down there too, and that’s where we’ll run our feeds through,” said Las. “We anticipate as soon as the weather turns to be back down there. The big problem down there is flooding.”
The project will also extend into the town of Spring Green, which would provide internet access to the River Valley School District, Spring Green Fire District, Spring Green’s Post Office and the Spring Green Town Hall.
Once completed, the project is expected to connect about 260 residences, 35 businesses and eight community locations in the River Valley area.
According to the terms of the grants the commission received, the construction needs to be completed by next October.
“There are going to be a lot of happy people in Spring Green come October or November,” said Supervisor Shane Gibson of Baraboo. “As soon as they see one turn on, they’re going to be happy because they know eventually it will get to them too.”
Las said the turn-on process for the area will be staggered after construction is complete.
The county partnered with Reedsburg Utility in 2017, after the commission applied for state grant funds to expand broadband coverage to the Spring Green area, and was denied.
The county sent out a survey in 2017 asking residents about the speed of internet services for their homes and businesses and whether they would be interested in having faster service.
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