Broadband Access


What is the EDA Broadband Grant?

This EDA investment supports New North, Inc. with conducting a Broadband Access Study and Expansion Plan for 18 counties in the northeast region of Wisconsin.  The study will assist the region with recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and will consist of regional broadband data analysis, mapping, and cost modelling for each county.  Once completed, the study will develop a process to identify broadband access gaps, which will help the region with attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, spurring private investment, and advancing economic resiliency throughout the region.

Why now?

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the need for equitable broadband (high-speed Internet access) access by all. Broadband has become a vital need for businesses, health care delivery systems, schools, organizations and municipalities, which increasingly rely on internet infrastructure to perform their daily business along with the critical delivery of medical care and education services. It’s critically important to track data at a sufficiently geographically granular basis to appropriately address the local nature of broadband services. Due to the high degree of geographic disparity in broadband status across the region and highly localized neighborhood and community variability, a full survey model is more appropriate than utilization of random sample methodology.

Project Timeline

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)  advertised July 7, 2021
Proposals due to New North July 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m. CT
Program initiation September 1, 2021
Project Completion Spring 2022


Click HERE for the News Release with Broadband Study Results & Recommendations.

Click HERE for the Broadband Access Study Executive Summary.

Click HERE for the Broadband Access Study.


Click HERE to read Broadband Study Critical to the Health of Our Region on the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Blog.

Click HERE to read The Loop story for the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Click HERE to read the News Release announcing the Broadband Study.

Click HERE to read the News Release about the Broadband Study consultants & partners.

Need more information? Have additional questions? Contact Barbara Koldos – [email protected]