A plan by Microsoft and a rural internet provider to bring broadband access to more than 80,000 people in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could spur jobs in the region. A recently announced agreement between the Washington-based tech giant and Packerland Broadband of Iron Mountain, Michigan, is expected to provide expanded broadband service in the two states by 2022. The program will create about 20 jobs with Packerland for implementation of new equipment, but officials also see it as a way to spark expansion of digital education, business and jobs in the sparsely populated northern regions. Wisconsin counties included in the plan are Marinette, Oconto, Langlade, and Outagamie, just to mention a few. Consumer prices are not yet set, but will likely be between $40 and $70 a month for broadband internet access.