Besides the federal grants, UW-Extension also received financial contributions to fund the project from other sources, including a private company that had partnered with UW-Extension to lay cables once the project got under way. Contributions also came from the state Department of Transportation, schools, and cities, said Stroud, the UW-Extension employee in charge of the BCCB project.

Stroud said the goal ultimately was to lay hundreds of miles of cables from Superior to Wausau, running through Eau Claire. Cables also would have run from Platteville to the Madison area.

“It puts a halt to so many things,” Stroud said of the amendment, noting that without the federal funding, the project almost certainly will grind to a stop.

Calls to several Joint Finance Committee members who voted in support of the amendment were not returned last week.

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