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Over $570M to be used for faster Internet in rural Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- More than $570 million in government subsidies will help expand faster Internet service in rural Wisconsin through 2020.

The money from the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund II program will be given to three telecom companies in an effort to expand service to about 230,000 Wisconsin households. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that CenturyLink Inc. will receive $330 million, Frontier Communications will be given $186 million and AT&T Inc. will get $54 million.

The FCC says it plans to spend more than $10 billion to subsidize broadband expansions nationwide over the next five years, using money paid by telecommunications customers as part of the $4.5 billion-a-year Universal Service Fund.

Wisconsin is second only to California in the dollar amount allocated to states from the program.

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