Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has launched an online tool
designed to help residents and businesses estimate their bandwidth
LinkWISCONSIN Bandwidth Assessment Tool has users complete an
online assessment. Once finished, the BAT provides residents and
businesses with a report estimating how much bandwidth they need
based on their daily usage.
tool is part of the PSC’s mission to address bandwidth needs
throughout the state, said Phil Montgomery, chairperson of the PSC
residents and businesses have an increasing demand for broadband.
This is fueled by the realized benefits of information,
communication and commerce over the Internet,” Montgomery said
in a statement.
consumers currently do not have the necessary tools to help them
determine their broadband needs, and as a result there exist
pockets of unmet demand around the state. The Bandwidth Assessment
Tool is one step in the process to meet Wisconsin’s broadband
needs,” Montgomery said.
Dashboard, a website that provides data and information regarding
Wisconsin’s broadband usage, shows a comparison of counties’
populations with access to broadband with a speed of at least 3
megs. Counties that have the smallest populations with access to 3
megs include Taylor County, 51.33 percent; Clark County, 54.18
percent; Richland County, 57.36 percent; Florence County, 58.67
percent; and Forest County, 61.21 percent.
BAT also tells Internet service providers where they can find new
customers who have connectivity needs that may be going unmet.
Consumers also have the option to receive a comprehensive list of
broadband providers that serve their specific location and can
request providers contact them with service offerings.
County residents ranked second in the state, with 99.02 percent of
the population having access to at least 3 megs.
addition, the survey will work to better inform the state on where
to direct funding to deploy and enhance broadband services.
take the survey or learn more about BAT, visit www.linkwisconsin.org/lwi/bat.htm