Spectrum, State Reps. celebrate broadband expansion in Chippewa Valley

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) — Officials cut the ribbon on expanded broadband access in the Chippewa Valley Monday.

A recently completed fiber-optic network buildout will bring gigabit broadband access to 1,140 homes and businesses in Eau Claire, Dunn and Chippewa Counties, according to Spectrum.

The new fiber-optic network is part of a $5 billion investment including $1 billion from the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

“Through RDOF, Spectrum is making it possible to extend gigabit broadband networks to unserved communities across Wisconsin,” said Matt Brown, Spectrum’s Vice President of Construction. “We are providing superior connectivity to local residents and small businesses at highly competitive prices, backed by an organization committed to craftsmanship and service.”

The Eau Claire County expansion includes parts of the Towns of Wilson, Ludington, Seymour, Washington and Clear Creek. In Chippewa County, the impacted areas include parts of Sigel, Lafayette, Goetz, and Anson. In Dunn County, the new service areas are the Towns of Menomonie and Sherman.

State Representatives Rob Summerfeld (R) and Jesse James (R) joined in the ribbon cutting Monday.

“Charter’s expansion in Dunn and Chippewa is a crucial step toward connecting all Wisconsinites to high-speed internet services,” Rep. Summerfield said. “We must ensure our state remains competitive, and expanding broadband access to unserved parts of the state will help close the digital gap in our state.”

Spectrum says their overall RDOF expansion will affect 1 million customers in 24 states in the coming years.

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