Kewaunee County has been awarded $40,000 from the state Public Service Commission in the latest round of Broadband Expansion Grants to increase its high-speed internet access.

Kewaunee County will use the money to build a wireless tower and install a fixed wireless service in a location to be determined.

“The next step of this process is to figure out the best placement for this tower,” says Scott Feldt, Kewaunee County administrator. “Technology is improving at a rapid rate, so our internet access needs a boost, too.”

“Not only do our businesses need to stay connected, but our visitors are dialed into their smart phones and we need to keep them interested with a strong signal when searching for places to explore, stay, dine and shop,” says Jennifer Schneider, Kewaunee County tourism coordinator and public information officer.

Kewaunee County plans to have this project completed by the end of the year.

The county’s application was for $335,494 covering a network of eight wireless towers; the reduced amount still allows for a fixed wireless service to get started in the county. The project was one of 46 approved from about 70 applications for $7.5 million in available grant money. Another round of grants will be awarded later this year.