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In Reedsburg, Expansion Weighed After Muni Fiber Success – Community Broadband Bits Episode 147

| Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The first gigabit city in Wisconsin, Reedsburg, has a municipal fiber network operated by the city-owned electric utility. This week, we talk with General Manager of the Utility Commission, Brett Schuppner. Reedsburg fiber goes back to 2003, which makes it one of the oldest FTTH networks in the nation.

Located about an hour outside of Madison, Reedsburg has seen more investment from local industrial businesses because of its fiber network. They received a broadband stimulus award to expand their network into some surrounding rural areas and are now considering how they can continue expanding the network deeper into surround Sauk County without federal assistance.

We talk about what goes into these expansion discussions – what is the dynamic when one community has a great network and the County would like it to expand?

Read all of our Reedsburg coverage here.

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This show is 13 minutes long and can be played below on this page or via iTunes or via the tool of your choice using this feed.

Listen to previous episodes here. You can can download this Mp3 file directly from here.

Thanks to Persson for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is “Blues walk.”