A map shows the interim locations of towers in Brown County as part of the Bug Tussel Wireless plan to expand high-speed internet.

Brown County eyes $27 million for Bug Tussel internet expansion

  • Brown County would use sales tax money to fund $27.2 million broadband expansion proposal
  • Bug Tussel Wireless would extend 25 Mbps to the majority of Brown County; the fiber lines would serve 6,000 people.
  • The infrastructure expansion agreement could include price caps for county residents.
  • The county council is expected to review the terms later this year.
A map shows the interim locations of towers in Brown County as part of the Bug Tussel Wireless plan to expand high-speed internet.

A Green Bay-based wireless company is proposing to extend high-speed internet to thousands of properties in rural Brown County where service is slow, and to cap monthly rates.

But to get there, the company is asking for a nearly $30 million loan that would be taken from county sales tax revenue.

Bug Tussel Wireless submitted a proposal to extend download speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 3 Mbps to nearly all parts of the county, while also installing fiber optic lines that would extend the 300 Mbps and higher speed service at an estimate. 6,000 underserved homes, farms and businesses.

The FCC has set speeds of 25/3 as the baseline for high-speed Internet, often referred to as broadband, capable of handling basic functions such as email and Internet browsing, as well as some high-demand applications such such as video conferencing or online gaming. Someone with 25 Mbps could also download a high definition movie in about half the time it would take at 10 megabits per second.


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