The Treasury Department has approved $140 million in federal funds for Wi-Fi and computers and improving multi-purpose community facilities in Wisconsin. The money comes from the federal Capital Projects Fund (CPF).

The CPF is providing $10 billion to states, territories, freely associated states, and Tribal governments to fund critical capital projects that expand economic opportunities and provide internet connectivity in an effort to help close the digital divide.

The Treasury Department started making state awards in June 2022.

To date, CPF has awarded approximately $9 billion for broadband, digital technology, and multi-purpose community center projects in all states and the District of Columbia, Treasury said. The funds will help provide extended internet access for more than 2 million locations along with helping hundreds of thousands of individuals who will be served annually by multi-purpose community facilities. 

The Wisconsin CPF awards are $33 million for digital connectivity technology projects, and $107 million for multi-purpose community facility projects.

The first funds will support a competitive grant program that allows non-profits and other eligible entities to apply for funding to deploy computers and other devices, install Wi-Fi equipment in targeted multi-dwelling units, and provide digital navigation services to help residents use the devices for work, education and health monitoring. Those funds are being administered by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

The second award is designed to fund Wisconsin’s Flexible Facilities Program, a competitive grant program to help communities in funding improvements to facilities such as libraries and community centers.

Wisconsin had earlier received $435 million for broadband infrastructure from the CPF.

“Expanding internet access is central to expanding economic opportunity in communities across the country,” Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said in a prepared statement.

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