Industrial council tackling broadband, Ellsworth chamber told
By Bill Kirk
Industrial council activities were reported to the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
“They’re working hard in the background,” Ries said.
Economic development, peer counseling and area infrastructure are some of the topics with which members deal at their monthly meetings, according to Sharon Seibel of J and S Machine in Ellsworth and the council. Regarding the last of those subjects, broadband service in this area has lately been in the forefront, Seibel said.
The council has been through SWOT analysis, with SWOT an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, she said. They’ve established goals and want to get word out about their activities, plus intend to continue to refine their peer advisory group.
As for the broadband need, she said six meetings have been held with AT&T, a provider. Representatives from that company in Milwaukee and Eau Claire, even a lobbyist from Madison, have been tapped about improving the service to this area, but council members aren’t optimistic.
“AT&T says ‘there’s no money for us in this area’,” she said.
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