When it comes to broadband in the rural areas of this state, the Wisconsin Technical College System has no skin in the game.
The digital divide is still prevalent between the rural areas and the urban areas of this state. The advancement in technology has created huge changes in education. Online learning, distance education and a hybrid approach of course delivery has changed the way students learn. Local governments, counties and townships struggle for dollars to address this issue.
The University of Wisconsin System has been proactive concerning broadband, especially UW-Extension. UW-Extension has, for years, offered educational materials concerning broadband and concentrated broadband resources to save searching for all the information available. While the Wisconsin Technical College System quickly adopted the advancements in technology to a point of offering online courses/programs across state lines, what about the 16 tech districts in Wisconsin? There are numerous tech districts that serve the rural areas of this state. We rural residents are in your own backyard in your districts. Are we here just to pay you on our personal property taxes in your districts? Where’s your seat at the table? My father would have used the term ... freeloader.