Washington Island, WI (May 25, 2023) – The Washington Island Electric Cooperative (WIEC) hosted Governor Tony Evers last Thursday at an important meeting that included Quantum Technologies, an industry leader in advanced communications and network solutions. The meeting followed a $2.5 million state grant announcement aimed at expanding the fiber optic network project on Washington Island.
Governor Evers witnessed firsthand the sophisticated technology behind this development. Quantum Technologies’ network specialist, Clinton Tripplet, performed an engaging live demonstration of fusion splicing, an essential technique in modern fiber optic networks.
Robert Cornell, who is spearheading the project, led a diverse assembly of community and industry leaders for this significant event. Representatives from Quantum Technologies, Nsight, WIEC, local government and local business leaders held productive discussions about the technical requirements and potential impact.
The Governor’s visit and the recently announced grant highlight the importance of this transformative project. Under Cornell’s leadership, the project’s goal is to bridge the digital divide on Washington Island, enhancing connectivity, fostering economic growth, and supporting the local community on Washington Island.
About Washington Island Electric Cooperative (WIEC): WIEC provides electricity and high speed internet to the residents of Washington Island. They are committed to supporting the local community and advancing technological access to foster growth and sustainability on the Island.
About Quantum Technologies:Quantum Technologies is a leading provider of cutting-edge technology and services, offering scalable solutions for businesses of all sizes. Their commitment lies in innovative technology solutions that increase connectivity and create opportunities for communities.
Video from the event: https://vimeo.com/829234899/0bebf26ab3?share=copy