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WiscNet Strategic Plan 2016 - Grow More Networks for Wisconsin
Grow More Networks for Wisconsin
During our twenty plus years together, our members have grown an advanced network that moves tens of gigabits per second across Wisconsin and beyond. While we will continue to grow our shared network, we will also take a thoughtful and strategic step forward by working to grow other high-performance networks. We want to help our members and community partners –- public and private -- grow and connect many networks that will move hundreds of gigabits per second, enabling Wisconsin and our communities to advance in the 21st century and beyond.
Grow Community Area Networks
In brief, Community Area Networks are local economic development opportunities through 21st century technologies. They create a platform for community-based services to make the public sector more efficient and the private sector grow locally. They connect the community in new and innovative ways.
We anticipate (and encourage) a growing number of our members to connect to each other through advanced Community Area Networks. These Community Area Networks are locally controlled and will “scale up” cost-effectively to backbone speeds that will support diverse organizations, widespread facilities, and advanced applications.
The success of Community Area Networks will depend on three factors: building a robust optical fiber infrastructure for the community’s shared region, growing a collaborative association of community partners who will govern the network and sharing resources in new and innovative ways within the local public and private sectors.
To assist with these factors and build on WiscNet’s membership strategy, we will support and offer services to any Community Area Network association, to which our members belong, that wants to share network-based services that benefit their institutional missions and their shared region.
Advance the WiscNet Network
Our multi-state backbone network will remain the foundation for our WiscNet community and the services we share. We will continue our strategy to acquire and light optical fiber that allows us to operate a highly scalable and economical backbone network.
To meet the advanced needs of our members, we will continue to augment our backbone network with new optical paths, examine new technologies and protocols, and upgrade our deployed infrastructure.
Accelerate Global Communications
Our members want to push their research, education and public service activities beyond community and state borders. Our members also want to establish global collaborations that draw together national (and international) experts and data. The WiscNet backbone network allows for opportunities like these because it has a robust, scalable multi-state infrastructure with multiple international connections.
Our continuing roles in efforts like BOREAS-Net the Northern Tier Network, the Great Plains Network, and CIC OmniPoP will serve to strengthen our high-speed regional, national and international connections that engage our members globally.
Make U.S. UCAN a Success for Wisconsin
Funded in 2010 by the Federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) will become a nationwide advanced network infrastructure that, together with state and regional network partners (including WiscNet), will enable the connection of America's community anchor institutions to support advanced applications not possible with today's typical Internet service. U.S. UCAN fills a critical gap linking community anchor institutions together into a national, open network with next-generation capabilities, operated with end-to-end transparency and the highest levels of performance uniquely suited to the needs of their communities.
As U.S. UCAN’s partner, and because it constitutes a national endorsement of WiscNet’s model for providing advanced network services to diverse anchor institutions, we will serve our members’ strategic interests through influencing the policies and leveraging the resources that U.S. UCAN will deploy in Wisconsin and in our multi-state service region.
Fulfill the National Broadband Plan For Wisconsin
Twenty plus years ago, we brought the Internet to Wisconsin by educating, promoting, developing, and sharing everything we learned about this “new Internet thing” with our public and private sectors. The Internet changed the world and WiscNet changed Wisconsin.
We now must leverage those lessons learned to join with other statewide and community organizations to successfully deploy universally available and affordable advanced broadband to all Wisconsin communities. Our guide here will be the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan.
The National Broadband Plan asserts that Americans do not have access to universally available and affordable advanced broadband services, and hence, we will continue to lose our local, regional and global competitiveness until and unless we provide such services.
We believe that the WiscNet community must contribute our knowledge and resources to press for the implementation of the National Broadband Plan in Wisconsin.
Achieve Broadband Success Through Public/Private Partnerships
A common strategic theme articulated in the National Broadband Plan and the Federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program is that “comprehensive community broadband infrastructures” should use public/private partnerships to meet our advanced broadband needs.
To fully succeed in achieving our WiscNet community’s growth strategies, we will develop relationships with private partners who want to cooperate on building a shared advanced broadband infrastructure. Serving the needs of our community anchor institutions requires access to optical fiber infrastructure. Whether it's built or bought, we are eager to work with our private partners to make innovation happen.
Key to fostering this innovation is embracing the principles of network openness. The best way to accomplish our mutual goals is to support networks owned by communities and build partnerships open to public and private providers on the same open infrastructure. As our community roads bear multiple public and private purposes so too should our networks.
Build Community Capacity With Our Members
As Community Area Networks grow in Wisconsin, we will work with our members to build community capacity through broadband. We will rely on and support our members in our common efforts toward sustainable and widespread community broadband adoption.
We’re committed to working closely with our charter member University of Wisconsin-Extension to use their statewide expertise in economic development, leadership capacity-building, and community education to move broadband adoption forward. During 2011 and 2012, UW-Extension and WiscNet staff will work with our members in five Wisconsin regions to develop and demonstrate models for sustainable community broadband adoption. We will continue to grow our relationship with UW-Extension and want to grow similar strategic partnerships with other WiscNet members.
We look forward to helping our research and education members form community partnerships with our hospital and local government members to extend and sustain advanced broadband capacity to Wisconsin communities.