LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (WJFW) – Despite the need, some areas, like Lac Du Flambeau, are struggling with connection speeds. “With the platform running and streaming and the different things you’re doing on the Internet right now, those types of platforms just won’t provide enough bandwidth to make it work properly,” said Dion Reynolds. Tribal officials eventually got support, receiving a $25.6 million grant this year from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase bandwidth throughout the tribe. Our goal is to provide the same level of service across the community where every household can connect and get everything from banking to entertainment to just looking at research and education,” he said.
Which should help locals like Sheldon Williams. “I know for the store that I work in, I know it’s going to be phenomenal because we’re going to be able to handle a lot more influx of, hopefully, business,” Sheldon Williams said. “I think it will definitely impact our community for the better,” he added. Before starting a mission, the surrounding environment must be inspected before the fiber can be placed into the ground. “With supply chains now spread across the United States, the longer we wait to order, the longer it will take,” Reynolds said. “I’ve heard from a lot of different people that have come up to me discussing finally being able to watch a TV show or get to the new Call of Duty,” Dion said. “So there’s a lot of good vibes, so we want to make sure we’re doing it in a good way,” he added.
This project will take up to four years to complete and the plan is to provide more than 2,300 households with faster internet.