Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Univ of Wisconsin Broadband Projects

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A Dane County judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit to stop the University of Wisconsin System's federally funded broadband projects in four Wisconsin communities.

Wisconsin Independent Telecommunications Systems, operating as Access Wisconsin, sued the UW Board of Regents in July in an effort to stop a $32.3 million fiber optic network to Platteville, Wausau, Superior and the Chippewa Valley region. The lawsuit also named WiscNet, CCI Systems Inc. and the state Department of Transportation.

UW-Extension officials hailed the ruling by Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson as "good news for the Wisconsin economy."

The grant — made available through federal stimulus funds — will build high-speed Internet fiber to anchor institutions such as libraries, schools and government, health care and public safety buildings.

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