2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
April 2, 2021 - Introduced by Representatives Summerfield, Edming, Armstrong,
Born, Plumer, Krug, Cabral-Guevara, Snyder, Callahan, Gundrum,
Horlacher, Duchow, Wittke, Rozar, Kurtz, Vorpagel, Moses, Tranel,
Swearingen, Zimmerman, Mursau, Tusler, Petryk, Oldenburg, Knodl,
James and Jagler, cosponsored by Senators Marklein, Bernier, Felzkowski,
Feyen and Stafsholt. Referred to Committee on Rural Development.
AB239,1,2 1An Act to create 196.504 (2g) and 196.504 (2r) of the statutes; relating to: the
2use of certain federal funds for broadband expansion grants.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Public utilities
Broadband expansion grants
The bill requires the governor to allocate $500,000,000 of the federal funds
received by the state under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to make broadband
expansion grants. Under current law, the Public Service Commission provides
grants to eligible applicants for constructing broadband infrastructure in
underserved areas. The bill also requires the PSC to submit an annual report to the
Joint Committee on Finance related to the broadband expansion grants awarded.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB239,1 3Section 1. 196.504 (2g) of the statutes is created to read:
AB239,2,54 196.504 (2g) Of the moneys the governor accepts from the federal government
5under s. 16.54 pursuant to section 602 of the federal Social Security Act as amended

1by the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2, the governor shall
2allocate $500,000,000 for making broadband expansion grants under sub. (2). From
3the moneys allocated under this subsection, the commission shall award a total of
4$125,000,000 in broadband expansion grants under sub. (2) each calendar year
5beginning with 2021 and ending with 2024.
AB239,2 6Section 2. 196.504 (2r) of the statutes is created to read:
AB239,2,137 196.504 (2r) Annually, no later than the September 1 following completion of
8the fiscal year, the commission shall submit a report to the joint committee on finance
9concerning the broadband expansion grants awarded under sub. (2) during the
10preceding fiscal year. The report shall list the criteria used for evaluating
11applications and awarding grants under sub. (2), the recipients of grants under sub.
12(2), and the commission's evaluations of the applications of grant recipients under
13sub. (2).
AB239,2,1414 (End)