20.505 (4) (tm) of the statutes is repealed.
20.505 (4) (tu) of the statutes is repealed.
20.505 (4) (tw) of the statutes is repealed.
24.40 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
Notwithstanding s. 28.02 (5) or any contrary rule promulgated by the 14
department, if the department grants an easement under sub. (1) for the 15
construction of broadband infrastructure in underserved areas, as designated under 16
s. 196.504 (2) (d), the department may not require any appraisal or the payment of 17
any fee to secure the easement.
86.07 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Subject to par. (b) and s. 86.16 (1m) (a) 2. and (c) and (6)
, no person 20
shall make any excavation or fill or install any culvert or make any other alteration 21
in any highway or in any manner disturb any highway or bridge without a permit 22
therefor from the highway authority maintaining the highway. Such permit shall 23
contain the statement and be subject to the condition that the work shall be 24
constructed subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by said 25
authority and be performed and completed to its satisfaction, and in the case of
temporary alterations that the highway or bridge shall be restored to its former 2
condition, and that the permittee shall be liable to the town or county or state, as the 3
case may be, for all damages which occur during the progress of said work or as a 4
result thereof. Nothing herein shall abridge the right of the department, the county 5
board or its highway committee, or any other local authority to make such additional 6
rules, regulations and conditions not inconsistent herewith as may be deemed 7
necessary and proper for the preservation of highways, or for the safety of the public, 8
and to make the granting of any such permit conditional thereon. If any culvert is 9
installed or any excavation or fill or any other alteration is made in violation of the 10
provisions of this paragraph, the highway or bridge may be restored to its former 11
condition by the highway authority in charge of the maintenance thereof at the 12
expense of the violator; and any person who violates this paragraph shall be 13
punished by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $500, or by imprisonment not 14
exceeding 6 months, or both.
86.16 (6) of the statutes is created to read:
If the department consents under sub. (1) to the construction of 17
broadband infrastructure in underserved areas, as designated under s. 196.504 (2) 18
(d), the department may not charge any fee for the initial issuance of any permit 19
necessary to construct broadband infrastructure along, across, or within the limits 20
of a highway.
118.40 (2r) (e) 2p. a. of the statutes is amended to read:
(e) 2p. a. Add the amounts appropriated in the current fiscal year 23
under s. 20.255 (2), except s. 20.255 (2) (ac), (bb), (fm), (fr), (fu), (k), and (m); s. 20.285 24
(1) (r) and (rc); and s. 20.505 (4) (es);
the amount, as determined by the secretary
25of administration, of the appropriation under s. 20.505 (4)
allocated for payments
1to telecommunications providers under contracts with school districts and
2cooperative educational service agencies under s. 16.971 (13), for grants to school
3district consortia under s. 16.997 (7), and to make educational technology teacher
4training grants under s. 16.996
118.40 (2r) (e) 2p. a. of the statutes, as affected by 2015 Wisconsin
and 2017 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is repealed and recreated to read:
(e) 2p. a. Add the amounts appropriated in the current fiscal year 8
under s. 20.255 (2), except s. 20.255 (2) (ac), (bb), (fm), (fr), (fu), (k), and (m); and s. 9
20.505 (4) (es); and the amount, as determined by the secretary of administration, 10
of the appropriation under s. 20.505 (4) (s) allocated for payments to 11
telecommunications providers under contracts with school districts and cooperative 12
educational service agencies under s. 16.971 (13), for grants to school district 13
consortia under s. 16.997 (7), and to make educational technology teacher training 14
grants under s. 16.996.
196.218 (3) (a) 3. b. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 3. b. The amounts appropriated under ss. 20.255 (1) (q) and (3) 17
(q), (qm), and (r), 20.285 (1) (q), and 20.505 (4) (s), (t), (tm), (tu), and (tw)
196.218 (5) (a) 10. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 10. To make broadband expansion grants and administer the
under s. 196.504.
196.504 (1) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 196.504 (1) (ac).
196.504 (1) (ab) of the statutes is created to read:
(ab) “Economic development” has the meaning given in s. 196.796 24
196.504 (1) (ad) of the statutes is created to read:
(ad) “Fixed wireless service” has the meaning given in s. 77.51 2
(3rn), except that it does not include mobile wireless service, as defined in s. 77.51 3
(7k), or telecommunications services, as defined in s. 77.51 (21n), transmitted 4
through the use of satellite.
196.504 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) “Unserved area” means an area of this state that is not served 7
by an Internet service provider offering Internet service that is all of the following:
1. Fixed wireless service or wired service.
2. Provided at actual speeds of at least 20 percent of the upload and download 10
speeds for high-speed, switched, broadband telecommunications capability as 11
designated by the federal communications commission in its inquiries regarding 12
advanced telecommunications capability under 47 USC 1302
196.504 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) To make broadband expansion grants to eligible applicants for 15
the purpose of constructing broadband infrastructure in underserved areas 16
designated under par. (d). Grants awarded under this section shall be paid from the 17appropriation appropriations
under s. 20.155 (1) (q) and
(3) (r). In each fiscal year,
18the total amount of the grants may not exceed $1,500,000.
196.504 (2) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) To establish criteria for evaluating applications and awarding 21
grants under this section. The criteria shall prohibit grants that have the effect of 22
subsidizing the expenses of a provider of telecommunications service, as defined in 23
s. 182.017 (1g) (cq), or the monthly bills of customers of those providers. The criteria 24
shall give priority to projects that include matching funds, that involve 25
public-private partnerships, that affect areas with no broadband service providers
, that are scalable, that promote economic development, that will not
2result in delaying the provision of broadband service to areas neighboring areas to
3be served by the proposed project,
or that affect a large geographic area or a large 4
number of underserved individuals or communities. When evaluating grant
5applications under this section, the commission shall consider the degree to which
6the proposed projects would duplicate existing broadband infrastructure,
7information about the presence of which is provided to the commission by the
8applicant or another person within a time period designated by the commission; the
9impacts of the proposed projects on the ability of individuals to access health care
10services from home and the cost of those services; and the impacts of the proposed
11projects on the ability of students to access educational opportunities from home.
196.504 (2) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
(e) To designate areas of the state as unserved areas.
[2015 Wisconsin Act 55
] Section 9401 (1f) Information technology block
The treatment of sections 20.505 (4) (s) (by Section 800d) and
196.218 (5) (a) 12. (by Section
3532d) of the statutes and the repeal of section 16.994 19
of the statutes take effect on July 1, 2017 2019
(1) Additional one-time information technology infrastructure block
(a) Before July 1, 2017, from the appropriation under section 20.505 (4) (s) of 24
the statutes, the department of administration may award grants on a competitive 25
basis to eligible school districts for the purpose of improving information technology
infrastructure. In awarding grants under this subsection, the department of 2
administration shall give priority to applications for school districts in which the 3
percentage of pupils who satisfy the income eligibility criteria under 42 USC 1758 4
(b) (1) for a free or reduced-price lunch is greater than in other applicant school 5
districts. The department of administration shall require an applicant for a grant 6
under this subsection to provide all of the following:
1. A description of the specific information technology infrastructure, including 8
any equipment, that the applicant intends to purchase with grant proceeds.
2. The applicant's plan to purchase, install, and use the information technology 10
infrastructure described in subdivision 1
3. A description of the applicant's readiness to use information technology 12
infrastructure purchased with grant proceeds.
(b) A school district is eligible for a grant under this subsection if all of the 14
1. The school district's membership in the previous school year divided by the 16
school district's area in square miles is 16 or less.
2. The school district's membership in the previous school year was 2,500 or 18
(c) The total amount the department of administration may award to an eligible 20
school district under this subsection may not exceed the following:
1. If the membership of the eligible school district is fewer than 750 pupils, 22
2. If the membership of the eligible school district is 750 pupils to 1,500 pupils, 24
$40 multiplied by the school district's membership.
3. If the membership of the eligible school district is more than 1,500 pupils, 2
(d) The department of administration may not count a grant awarded under 4
this subsection towards the maximum amount a school district may receive under 5
section 16.994 (3) of the statutes.
There is transferred from the universal service fund to the appropriation 8
account under section 20.155 (3) (r) of the statutes $6,000,000 in the 2016-17 fiscal 9
There is transferred from the appropriation account under section 20.505 11
(4) (mp) of the statutes to the appropriation account under section 20.155 (3) (r) of 12
the statutes $5,000,000 in the 2016-17 fiscal year.
There is transferred from the appropriation account under section 20.505 14
(4) (mp) of the statutes to the universal service fund $7,500,000 in fiscal year 15
In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation 17
to the department of administration under section 20.505 (4) (s) of the statutes, the 18
dollar amount for fiscal year 2016-17 is increased by $7,500,000 for the purpose for 19
which the appropriation is made.
(1) Fee waivers.
The treatment of sections 24.40 (3) and 86.16 (6) of the statutes 22
first applies to easements granted or construction permits issued on the effective 23
date of this subsection.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, 25
except as follows:
The treatment of section 20.155 (1) (q) of the statutes takes effect on July 2
1, 2017, or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2017 biennial budget act, whichever 3
The treatment of section 20.505 (4) (s) (by Section
13) of the statutes takes 5
effect on July 1, 2017.
The repeal and recreation of section 20.505 (4) (s) of the statutes takes effect 7
on July 1, 2019.
The repeal and recreation of section 118.40 (2r) (e) 2p. a. of the statutes takes 9
effect on July 1, 2017.