I work with the state's public libraries and schools on such programs as Broadband, E-rate and BadgerNet.
Technology Programs and Activities
- Broadband and Internet Access
The struggle for adequate and affordable broadband connectivity and Internet access in libraries and schools is explained in a detailed paper
BadgerNet is the state's public-sector telecommunications network. All K-12 school districts and public libraries in the state can use BadgerNet. The cost of a BadgerNet circuit is 90% subsidized by the TEACH program.
Each year Wisconsin schools and libraries receive about $35 million in federal E-rate discounts.Related to this, see the FAQ on CIPA (the filtering act).
To assist in filing E-rate Form 471 applications, an Excel file of 2012-13 enrollment and free/reduced lunch data is online.