Dane County  
Minutes - Final Unless Amended by  
Committee  
Dane County Broadband Task Force  
Thursday, November 4, 2021  
9:00 AM  
Please see top of agenda for instructions on how to join  
the meeting.  
A. Call To Order  
Staff Present: Lauren Kuhl, Josh Schroeder, Sharon Lezburg, Pam Andros  
The meeting was called to order by Ratcliff at 9:00 a.m.  
13 -  
Present  
Absent  
DAVE RIPP, KATE MCGINNITY, RENEE LAUBER, MELISSA RATCLIFF, BOB  
WIPPERFURTH, BILL DICKMEYER, DEANA ZENTNER, JOYCE TIKALSKY,  
ANDREW HOYOS, JAMES DANKY, PETER WEIL, CATHY SUTTER, and SARAH  
GHEE  
2 - TODD VIOLANTE, and MICHELLE JENSEN  
B. Consideration of Minutes  
Minutes of the October 7, 2021 Dane County Broadband Task Force  
Meeting  
Attachments: 2021 MIN-420  
A motion was made by RIPP, seconded by TIKALSKY, that the Minutes be  
approved. The motion carried by a voice vote.  
15 -  
Present  
DAVE RIPP, KATE MCGINNITY, TODD VIOLANTE, RENEE LAUBER, MELISSA  
RATCLIFF, BOB WIPPERFURTH, BILL DICKMEYER, MICHELLE JENSEN,  
DEANA ZENTNER, JOYCE TIKALSKY, ANDREW HOYOS, JAMES DANKY,  
PETER WEIL, CATHY SUTTER, and SARAH GHEE  
C. Public Comment on Items not on the Agenda  
D. Action Items  
AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT WITH UW RIVER FALLS TO CONDUCT A  
SURVEY ON BROADBAND ACCESS IN DANE COUNTY  
RATCLIFF, MCGINNITY, RITT and RIPP  
Sponsors:  
Attachments: 2021 RES-224  
McGinnity discussed the focus area of the survey, and how cities will be excluded from  
the survey due to the primary reason for unavailability in these areas being affordability.  
Respresentable sample will be provided by UW River Falls Survey Research Center  
along with an analysis of the survey.  
A motion was made by WIPPERFURTH, seconded by DANKY, that the Resolution  
Requiring 2/3rds Vote be recommended for approval. The motion carried by a  
voice vote.  
E. Presentations  
14 -  
Present  
KATE MCGINNITY, TODD VIOLANTE, RENEE LAUBER, MELISSA RATCLIFF,  
BOB WIPPERFURTH, BILL DICKMEYER, MICHELLE JENSEN, DEANA  
ZENTNER, JOYCE TIKALSKY, ANDREW HOYOS, JAMES DANKY, PETER WEIL,  
CATHY SUTTER, and SARAH GHEE  
1 - DAVE RIPP  
Excused  
F. Reports to Committee  
2022 Budget Amendment - Conduit  
Attachments: PWT-C-1  
Supervisor Ratcliff reviewed report which was presented and passed by both the Public  
Works & Transportation committee and the Personnel & Finance committee.  
2. Review and discuss draft survey  
Presented by Sharon Lezburg  
Lezburg reviewed the process of completing the survey. Once the survey questions are  
approved by the task force they are sent to the Survey Research Center and reviewed  
then sent back to the task force for final approval.  
Discussion ensued within task force about changes to the questions and removal of any  
unneeded questions.  
Hoyos provided list of ISPs  
Primary Wireline: Spectrum/Charter, AT&T, TDS, Frontier, Centurylink/Lumen, Mount  
Horeb Tel Co  
Primaryily Fixed Wireless: Bug Tussel, Bertram, Netwurx, Litewire, Four Lakes  
Broadband, UpNetWI  
Mobile Provider: US Cellular, AT&T, T-Mobile  
Satellite: Viasat, Hughesnet  
Tikalsy added Starlink as Satellite ISP  
3. Discuss how survey will be shared  
Taskforce discussed options for sharing the survey which included the below options.  
Additional options by task force members to staff.  
-Social Media Outreach Campaign  
-Articles in community/village newspapers  
-Notice in the tax bills  
-Visit people at the dump  
-Discussion with Trustees & Locally elected officials to promote survey  
-Blurb in WI Towns Association publication  
-Blurb in Dane County Cities and Villages Assocation(DCCVA) venues  
-Reach out to smaller ISPs to see if they can forward it to people  
-Press releases  
-Outreach to Senior Groups(Organizations that serve seniors, senior centers)  
-Town Board meetings  
-School Districts; school mailing lists  
-Presentation to DCCVA  
-Church newsletters  
-Local Community Groups  
G. Future Meeting Items and Dates  
December 2nd, 2021 at 9:00 am  
H. Such Other Business as Allowed by Law  
I. Adjourn  
A motion was made by MCGINNITY, seconded by WIPPERFURTH, that the  
meeting be adjourned. The motion carried unanimously.  
Respectfully submitted by Josh Schroeder, pending Taskforce approval