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GCDC works on internet access
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MONROE - A plan for setting up broadband internet throughout the county is in the works.

Mike Johnson, executive director of the Green County Development Corporation, said the GCDC is in the process of establishing a committee to address rural broadband issues.

Although the committee is still being set up, Johnson said it would likely have a preliminary plan within a few weeks.

Johnson said that the majority of towns in Green County have already passed resolutions in support of rural broadband.

Expanding internet access in rural areas has been an oft-repeated issue in the state legislature recently. Rep. Todd Novak, R-Dodgeville, announced recently that he had signed on to legislation that would allocate $15.5 million for broadband grants throughout the state.

"It's a very important issue and it was brought up a lot during the election," Novak said.

The bill will lay groundwork for making further improvements to broadband access after the finalization of the state's budget, Novak said.

Novak said the bill was awaiting co-sponsorship but has support on both sides of the aisle.

Novak added that Lafayette County received an $80,000 grant for a broadband infrastructure project in September 2016.

"It's a good decision for a committee to start that process in Green County as well," Novak said.