WLIA welcomes you to the 33rd Annual Conference at the Marriott Madison West, in Middleton, Wisconsin, February 19-21, 2020. 
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Thursday, February 20 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
The Importance of Effective Broadband Mapping in Wisconsin

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Broadband is critical infrastructure affecting all Wisconsinites and Wisconsin businesses. The Wisconsin Broadband Office (WBO) at the Public Service Commission (PSC) helps citizens and businesses statewide understand local internet coverage and advocates for improved service statewide. The PSC uses and shares a plethora of mapping tools and data to drive decision-making within the PSC, the State, and for the general public. The Wisconsin Broadband Map, other PSC mapping applications, and the state’s $48 Million (2020-2021 budget cycle) Broadband Expansion Grant Program rely on quality mapping data to serve broadband stakeholders. Mapping at the PSC offers opportunities to partner with other groups, helping move the missions of BadgerNet, student internet access, and others forward as well. To fully service broadband access in Wisconsin in a cost-effective way, a more accurate means to map internet coverage is essential, along with having the necessary mapping data to map coverage. This presentation will provide a summary of these points, with examples of how the PSC uses mapping technology and fosters collaboration. In addition, PSC staff will also share how improved internet mapping techniques and supporting data can help more accurately map broadband and plan for future expansion.

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Colter Sikora

Broadband Mapping Coordinator, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Jaron McCallum

Jaron McCallum is a GIS Analysis and Web Developer Intern with the Public Service Commission where he works on visualizing broadband internet access information for the state.  A recent graduate of UW-Madison, he studied Cartography/GIS, Geography, and Environmental Studies.  Previously... Read More →

Thursday February 20, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm CST
La Crosse & Milwaukee

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