#AFNews MADISON — Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill to expand broadband service in underse rved parts of the state on Tuesday and allocate $15.5-million in grants – @AceFinanceNews

#AceFinanceNews – Feb.15: Broadband Bill for those in underserved rural areas proposed by republicans on Tuesday Fox6Now reported …

The bill made public Tuesday is sponsored by Rep. Romaine Quinn and Sen. Howard Marklein. It would allocate $15.5 million in grants for rural areas.

Almost a quarter of Wisconsinites live in rural areas and around 40 percent do not have broadband, or high-speed internet access, at home.

Quinn and other Republican lawmakers focused on improving life in rural Wisconsin plan to hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the broadband bill and other initiatives to improve health care access and job creation.

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal released last week included an additional $35 million for broadband, which includes the grants.

A significant portion will go toward schools and educational institutions

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