2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 29, 2018 - Introduced by Senators Marklein, Testin, Darling, Moulton,
Roth, Tiffany, Olsen, LeMahieu, Petrowski, Cowles and L. Taylor,
cosponsored by Representatives Felzkowski, Bernier, E. Brooks, Edming,
Kulp, Mursau, Nerison, Novak, Petryk, Quinn, Snyder, Spiros, Stafsholt,
Summerfield, Swearingen, Tranel, Zimmerman, Fields, Horlacher, Krug,
Petersen, Tittl, Tusler and VanderMeer. Referred to Committee on Senate
SJR96,1,2 1Relating to: encouraging the use of television white space technology to increase
2access to the Internet.
SJR96,1,43 Whereas, 34 million Americans do not have access to broadband service at
4current federal minimum standards; and
SJR96,1,65 Whereas, 23 million rural Americans lack access to broadband, including 1.6
6million Americans living on tribal lands; and
SJR96,1,97 Whereas, the unused spectrum between broadcast television stations, known
8as television white space, represents a valuable opportunity to expand broadband in
9these areas of the country; and
SJR96,1,1110 Whereas, lack of access to broadband Internet means fewer educational and job
11opportunities as well as poor health outcomes; and
SJR96,1,1312 Whereas, television white space technology can deliver high-speed Internet
13that operates four times faster and reaches 16 times farther than Wi-Fi; and
SJR96,1,1514 Whereas, this technology operates at a frequency that can move through objects
15like hills and foliage; and
1Whereas, it is estimated that broadband Internet served on the white space
2spectrum could reach 80 percent of the rural population that lacks high-speed
3Internet access today; and
SJR96,2,54 Whereas, television white space technology has been successfully piloted in
5numerous projects in the United States and abroad; now, therefore, be it
SJR96,2,11 6Resolved by the senate, the senate concurring, That the members of the
7Wisconsin Assembly are committed to the advancement of television white space
8technology by ensuring the continued use of at least three channels below 700 MHz
9on an unlicensed basis in every market in the country, and believe that governmental
10agencies should focus on collecting data that will help identify opportunities and
11challenges to delivering broadband Internet to every American.
SJR96,2,1212 (End)