Several Dodge County School Districts Receive FCC Grant To Improve Broadband Access

(Beaver Dam) Several Dodge County school districts have received funding to purchase devices and improve broadband access for students. The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, recently announced more than $20-million-dollars in aid will go to Wisconsin Public School Districts. The Beaver Dam School District received $447-thousand, the Lomira School District will get $132-thousand-dollars, Markesan School District $67-thousand, Mayville School District is in line for $27-thousand-dollars, and Watertown School District will be getting just under $10-thousand. The funds, part of over $1.2-billion-dollars allocated by the FCC from the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, reimburse districts for devices and internet services for students and staff who need sufficient access to engage in remote learning. Among the 355 Wisconsin applications for funding through the federal ECF Program, 189 Wisconsin projects were approved by the FCC. State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly says broadband access in Wisconsin has been a significant challenge for families and schools since long before the pandemic, but the need for virtual learning options has made broadband access a necessity. A second application window for funding through the ECF funding opens Tuesday and will close October 13th.