Oconto Falls Business Park and Sheboygan County Highway O Fiber Projects Funded
Nsight Telservices has been selected to receive two broadband expansion grants through the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) totaling $227,125 for fiber construction projects supporting businesses in underserved portions of Oconto Falls and Sheboygan County. This PSC funding aims to provide Wisconsin’s families and businesses with the technology they need to prosper in today’s global economy. A total of 45 projects were selected in the state to receive $7.68 million in grants.
“As a leading communications and technology provider in the state of Wisconsin, Nsight continually invests in our fiber network and is committed to bringing the services to communities of all sizes. These fiber projects further that commitment and will work to stimulate growth in rural corners of our service area. We’re honored to have support from the state through these broadband expansion grants,” said Patrick Riordan, president & CEO of Nsight, parent company of Nsight Telservices and Cellcom.
In Oconto Falls, Nsight Telservices partnered with the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation for a grant to construct a 2.2-mile fiber route through the Oconto Falls Business Park. The fiber route will serve 33 businesses and a retirement facility and offer speeds up to 250 Mbps service, more than ten-times the speed currently available. The project received a grant of $49,230. Local partners Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, City of Oconto Falls, Oconto County will invest $4,500 and Nsight Telservices will invest an additional $66,342. In its selection memo, the PSC staff noted that this application was a strong example of promoting growth of the local economy.
“The expansion, when complete, will have significant economic impact on the community, as it will allow businesses to access and provide more services to the local community. Just a few of the benefits this project will have include increased ecommerce options, increased options for medical access for patients and providers at The Cottages Assisted Living & Memory Care retirement facility, and increased access to government programs and services. Broadband access attracts jobs to our communities and is a critical component of economic impact,” said State Senator Tom Tiffany and State Representative Jeff Mursau in a joint letter of support for the project.
In Sheboygan County, Nsight Telservices will construct 7.5 miles of fiber along County Highway O between Highway 32 and County Road E. This middle-mile project will pass 23 businesses and three community anchor institutions and will bring broadband to the Sheboygan Falls Town Hall. The fiber will also connect several Cellcom towers providing fiber backhaul and the ability to upgrade wireless speeds in the network there. The project received a $177,895 grant and Nsight will invest an additional $415,088.
“Sheboygan County has seen significant economic growth in recent years, but this growth has taken place primarily in the Highway 43 and 23 corridor. The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation knows it is essential to extend such growth into rural areas of Sheboygan County. Having fiber along Highway O will assist in attracting new investment to the area and position Sheboygan County for positive rural economic development in the future,” said Dane Checolinski, director of Sheboygan County Economic Development in a letter of support for the broadband grant application.
Nsight hopes to complete the Oconto Falls Business Park project in 2018 and conclude the Sheboygan County project in 2019.
Nsight wishes to thank Michelle Korpi of Hanson Cabinets, James Meyer of Lusier Drilling, Tom Cosman of The Cottages Assisted Living & Memory Care, Economic Development and Tourism Committee of the Oconto County Board of Supervisors, Robin Banaszynski of Oconto County Electric Cooperative, Mary Navarro of BMO Harris Bank, Daniel Mincheff of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Paul Ehrfurth of Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (12th Senate District) and Wisconsin State Representative Jeff Mursau (36th Assembly District) for their letters of support of the Oconto Falls Business Park application. Additionally, the company offers its thanks to Dane Checolinski of Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, Town Board of the Town of Sheboygan Falls, State Senator Devin LeMahieu (9th Senate District), State Representative Tyler Vorpagel (27th Assembly District) and State Representative Terry Katsma (26th Assembly District) for their letters of support for the Sheboygan County application.