Madison, WI – The state’s premier telecommunications industry association recently recognized Lakeland Communications with their Gigabit Community Award.

The Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA) held its 105th Annual Convention in Lake Geneva, WI. As part of the event’s closing general session, the WSTA recognized member companies who have all-fiber optic networks allowing broadband speeds of 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) to their customers.

“Lakeland Communications joins other WSTA members who are setting the standard in Wisconsin for gigabit broadband and cutting edge broadband enabled products and services,” said Bill Esbeck, executive director of WSTA. “This is a great addition to Wisconsin’s gigabit broadband story. WSTA will continue to recognize companies as they complete investments that qualify them as Gigabit Communities.”

WSTA has recognized eight members who have 1Gbps broadband speeds available to their customer base. Broadband speeds of 1Gbps or higher are made possible through significant investment and deployment of fiber-optic networks. Broadband that is capable of 1Gpbs service is 100 times faster than the average national broadband speeds.


Crystal Morley, Sheri Thorsbakken, John Klatt, and Todd Roehm

“Lakeland Communications prides itself on our big city technology and small town customer service,” said John Klatt, President and CEO of Lakeland Communications. “We are thrilled to offer leading-edge broadband through our all-fiber network. The WSTA Gigabit Community Award confirms that our community and customers have access to some of the fastest broadband in the state.”

Lakeland Communications has gigabit broadband throughout the villages of Luck and Milltown, including service areas outside the village limits.

“In 2013, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission challenged America to have at least one Gigabit Community in each of the 50 states,” said Esbeck. “Lakeland Communications and other private sector providers are showing the rest of the country that Wisconsin is up to the challenge.”