WiscNet is how Wisconsin universities, technical colleges, K12 schools, libraries, municipalities, and hospitals get connected to the Internet. WiscNet was established in 1989 as a 501c3 nonprofit membership cooperative to meet the advanced research and education needs of public sector organizations. WiscNet works with various regional and national networks together with the private sector to provide Internet connectivity and other technology services to our 500+ members.
WiscNet is an independent 501c3 nonprofit membership cooperative that provides the internet and other services to research and education institutions and the public sector in Wisconsin. Established in 1989 to meet the advanced networking connectivity needs of higher education, technical colleges, K12 schools, libraries, municipalities, and hospitals throughout the state, WiscNet works in partnership with various regional and national networks as well as the private sector to provide Internet connectivity to 500+ public sector organizations.
Why is WiscNet good for my community?
Solid Internet connectivity is critical infrastructure - along the lines of electricity and water - in higher education, technical colleges, K12 districts, libraries, municipalities, and hospitals. Having served the vast majority of Wisconsin’s public sector entities for over twenty five years, WiscNet has created a powerful, cooperative model for delivering low-cost, high-end Internet connectivity for Wisconsin. Not only do we deliver these as services to local communities, we also share our strategies with those communities so that they can make things work locally.
How does WiscNet work with others in the public and private sector?
WiscNet works with a wide variety of public and private organizations to meet the needs of our members. Our largest partnership is with AT&T through Wisconsin’s BadgerNet contract. WiscNet and BadgerNet complement one another, each offering different but necessary components to accessing the Internet. BadgerNet provides the physical infrastructure analogous to the county road and highway system; whereas WiscNet is analogous to the traffic and the interstate highway infrastructure.
Are there others like WiscNet?
There are over 30 states with regional, state, and national network infrastructures designed to meet the needs of public sector entities. WiscNet partners and services networks and organizations in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We also work closely with national research and education networks like Internet2.
How did WiscNet start?
WiscNet brought the Internet to Wisconsin’s universities and colleges in the early 1990s, rapidly expanding to K12 schools and libraries. WiscNet began with National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to pilot connectivity for research purposes at UW-Madison. Twenty five years later, we continue to thrive as Wisconsin's research and education network.