Forest County Broadband – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Broadband?

In simple terms, the transmission of wide bandwidth data over a high-speed internet connection.

What is happening in Forest County right now with respect to Broadband?

The Forest County Broadband Commission is working with Green Bay-based internet service provider Bugtussle, who recently purchased Rhinelander-based Northwoods Connect to implement two Wisconsin Public Service Grants in Forest County. Bugtussle is in the beginning stages of a $7.7 million grant to deploy 97 miles of fiber optic cable and also provide wireless internet service in an effort to get broadband to homes and businesses  in Forest County.

Will this help me get better internet at my home in Forest County?

Eventually, yes. The building phase will take until the end of 2024.

Are there other Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) in Forest County?

ISP’s in “Forest County currently include: , Astrea, Bugtussle, Century Link (Lumen Technologies), Charter Spectrum, Frontier Communications.  As to precisely where  these are within the county, please refer to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission Map:  https://maps.psc.wi.gov/apps/WisconsinBroadbandMap/

Satellite providers operating within Forest County include Viasat, Hughes Net, and Starlink.

What types of broadband connections are there?

There are six recognized types of broadband connections: DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), Cable Modem, Fiber, Wireless, Satellite and Broadband Over Powerlines (BPL).  Fiber is considered the gold standard. FTTP = Fiber to the Premises

Why are we conducting internet speed tests in Forest County at present?

Quite simply, to help us determine areas of the county where we have good broadband service and where we do not. If you are not able to take the test