In most people’s eyes, high speed Internet access is a laudable community goal. It is, however, causing a problem in Wisconsin, according to Midwest Energy News.
The site says that efforts are underway to increase access in the state, which ranks next to last. However, the story says that clean air advocates Clean Wisconsin and RePower Madison claim that the funds to do this are being taken from the Focus on Energy program, which is aimed at improving energy efficiency and promoting use of renewables.
The story says that a hearing last week of the Public Service Commission decided to use $8 million from the fund for access and that, to do this, Internet service providers (ISPs) were given leadership in the program.
The story says that there are plans to distribute 97,000 energy efficiency kits that consist of LEDs, weatherization spray foam and other items. The kits also include $50 Internet access vouchers. The ISPs have been given funding for advertising and distributing the kits. This is seen by the energy advocates as a giveaway. Usually, they say, CB&I – the company that administers Focus on Energy – would perform distribution tasks.