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1711, 2014

WiscNet’s Rolling Into 2015

Snow happened. The Packers and the Badgers have me in a festive mood. I’ll use these as excuses to shape WiscNet’s holiday news and thank you’s a month early. Merry Thanksmas and Happy New Haunakanza.

First, meet WiscNet’s new logo!


WiscNet Header Image (Retina)


We are excited about these new pixels heading into 2015. You will really enjoy what we have coming May 11th and 12th at the WiscNet Future Technologies Conference. In the meantime, poke around our redesigned website and download our Connecting People, Connecting Networks, and Connecting Strategies pieces along with regionalized WiscNet Member Maps. Southwestern WisconsinSoutheastern WisconsinNorthern WisconsinNortheastern WisconsinEastern Wisconsin

Next, we owe special thanks to WiscNet’s network engineers. They have quietly crammed three years worth of backbone upgrades into the past twelve months. If you see them, give them a hug. Better yet, let them know you appreciate their hard work. They don’t like when we try to hug them.

Finally, we owe thanks to WiscNet’s many partners, public and private, that have stepped forward to support WiscNet. In 2009 we set out with a “build more networks for Wisconsin” philosophy. Community Area Networks continue to grow in number and size. Today we can point to 30+ examples of communities working together to address their needs locally. The diversity of interests and enthusiasm towards cooperation is powerful. Together, we have an underlying infrastructure that is better than ever. In 2015 we look forward to finding new, interesting ways to use it.

It’s a privilege, professionally and personally, to be working with some of the most interesting, passionate people looking to make the Internet big.

2311, 2014

Google Fiber to Offer Free Internet to Austin Public Housing Residents

Google Fiber to offer free Internet to Austin public housing residents – CultureMap Austin

“For the 4,300 Austinites who live in public housing, Google will waive the $300 construction fee and offer free access to Fiber’s Basic Internet Service for at least 10 years…In addition to Internet connections, the program offers digital literacy programs and STEM training for all ages as well as access to digital devices.”

1811, 2014

Morgridges give $100 million to invest in UW-Madison faculty

Morgridges give $100 million to invest in UW-Madison faculty:

“The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received a landmark gift of $100 million from John and Tashia Morgridge, representing the largest single contribution from individual donors in the history of the institution.”

While the Morgridges are well-known in the UW community, they are also the ones that sponsor the Wisconsin Technology Initiative, an $8 million donation to provide funding to K-12 schools to advance the use of technology in learning throughout Wisconsin. John Morgridge is the former CEO of Cisco Systems and Tashia is a retired special-education teacher.

1811, 2014

Fall Creek Superintendent Joe Sanfelippo Invited to White House

Via WQOW in Eau Claire, Fall Creek Superintendent to attend national summit at White House:

“Fall Creek Superintendent Joe Sanfelippo will travel to Washington DC Tuesday, to take part in the first National Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House.”

One of the best connected Superintendents from one of Wisconsin’s best connected school districts. #gocrickets The Fall Creek School District is around 800 students K-12 (slightly smaller than the average Wisconsin district) yet packs a 1 Gbps connection to the Internet via CINC and WiscNet. None of that, however, is as cool as the story Joe and others are weaving through social media.


Well done, sir.

1711, 2014

Broadband vs. Internet

Whenever you say broadband, you are already playing their game.

“Here in the U.S. most of the infrastructures that carry the Internet are owned by telephone and cable companies. Those companies are not only in a position to limit use of the Internet for purposes other than those they favor, but to reduce the Net itself to something less, called ‘broadband.’ … Broadband is an old telecommunications term which, as Wikipedia puts it, ‘became popularized through the 1990s as a vague marketing term for Internet access.’”

Doc Searls Weblog · Broadband vs. Internet

1711, 2014

F.C.C. Chief Aims to Bolster Internet for Schools

F.C.C. Chief Aims to Bolster Internet for Schools

“Mr. Wheeler will propose that the annual cap on spending for school Internet needs be raised by $1.5 billion, to $3.9 billion, according to an F.C.C. official who spoke on condition of anonymity but was authorized to release details of the proposal. The initiative is part of a continuing overhaul of the Universal Service Fund and its educational component, known as E-Rate.”