The state's economic development agency said Wisconsin ranks 22nd among states in average broadband speed.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. CEO Reed Hall said the ranking isn't encouraging as the state tries to compete in a national and global economy. Hall says businesses have not started in some areas of the state because of a lack of broadband.
A New York company that tracks broadband trends, Akamai Technologies, listed Vermont, Delaware, Washington D.C., New Hampshire and Utah as top states for fastest high-speed Internet connections.
Hall told the Journal Sentinel that expanding broadband service in rural areas is comparable to the expansion of the electrical grid in the 1930s.