The Broadband Story in Brown County
Because of the COVID19 pandemic, the internet has become the leading source of social and business connection for everyone. Remote learning is now the primary learning tool for school-aged children. Businesses have turned to remote work from home for their employees as a method of managing during the pandemic.
Families and individuals are staying home and spending much more time online. Even before the pandemic though, Brown County continually worked locally and with state and federal government to improve high speed connectivity for citizens through expansion and development of the Brown County Community Area Network.
Through a partnership with NewNorth and Geo Partners LLC, Brown County is working to ensure that everyone has access to quality internet connectivity in the county region. To help us accomplish this goal, we need your help. Our partner NewNorth has contracted with DesignNine for the 18 county north east Wisconsin region to survey every residence and business in the region. Please take the time to fill out the residential survey or the business survey and complete the SPEED TEST.
This speed test, allows you the opportunity to report your internet speed. The data collected from your speed test will be used to improve broadband access. This includes:
- Identification of school districts that may need additional services for remote learning.
- Identification of regions that are not being served but are near other regions that are served by an ISP. Regions not currently served may be able to negotiate for expansion of ISP service areas.
- Identification of regions that may already be defined as well-served but are actually not.
- Identification of regions where broadband is available, but unaffordable to some members of the community.
This speed test takes less than a minute. After using the speed test, you will be able to determine if your internet speed complies with FCC standards (25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload) and the ARPA standard of (100mbps download and 20mbps upload).
Internet speeds that fall below the standards may be eligible for federal and state grants. We invite you to test your internet speeds by taking this speed test. We also encourage you to test your speeds more than once, at different times of the day. Brown County governement is working with public sector and private sector partners on grants and other ways to improve broadband within Brown County and throughout the entire region.
Please encourage your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to complete the survey and take the speed test. The test helps create a better map showing where service is (and is not). Using this speed test will add to the collective data so that Brown County will be able to take steps to ensure acceptable internet speeds for everyone, no matter where they are located in Brown County.
UPDATE 1: In July 2021, the Brown County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of a grant submittal for portions of eastern Brown County. Confirmation if the grant will be awarded will occur later in the year (Fall 2021).
UPDATE 2: ARPA Grant money available by Municipality for the state of wisconsin:
UPDATE 3: Brown County is working with New North, our regional economic development entity, to study broadband internet service in Brown County and across the north east Wisconsin region. Our goal is to identify gaps and prioritize investment. The study is being conducted by Design Nine, Inc. You can support the study by taking this household survey by October 29. The survey includes use of an accurate speed test. Each household is asked to take the residential survey one time, using the speed test while at home. You can help more by taking the speed test multiple times at home and at work, to provide more data for the study.
Read More About Broadband
Broadband in Rural Wisconsin: Identifying Gaps, Highlighting Successes
Broadband - Presentation to Brown County Towns Association
View the Brown County Community Area Network (BCCAN) High Speed Fiber Connections
View the Proposed Brown County Govt Fiber Expansion Map – this is a reference map showing possible government focused fiber runs and services with numerous overlays. It includes municipalities, schools, 911, fire and law enforcement. Not all government-owned fiber lines are on this map. None of the proposed fiber has been approved as of 4/20/2021.