Madison, Wis., Scales Back Hopes for Low-Income Internet Project

Government Technology: Madison’s long-held hope of a citywide, fiber-to-premises initiative to connect low-income households to the Internet is now being seen as financially untenable due to the roughly $170 million public cost.

Closing the digital divide — the disparity between people with access to modern information and communications technology and those without — has been a priority for city leaders for years.

The effort is intended to connect those with low incomes to the Internet so they can compete in school and for jobs, provide service to the entire city, and increase market competition and consumer choice.

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