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BCCAN - Brown County Community Area Network

The Brown County Community Area Network (BCCAN - pronounced BEACON) fiber optic project began in 2007 through bond approval by the Brown County Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with the County Executive. 

This fiber infrastructure was created to improve LAN/WAN connectivity between Brown County departments. BCCAN has some built in reserve capacity that allows other entities to access very high speed LAN/WAN and/or internet services in the Brown County area.
  • Image of fiber map of BCCAN fiber networkBCCAN provides dark fiber network, optional 3rd party internet access and security related services.
  • The BCCAN network also reduces the County’s costs of high speed connectivity to other government and educational institutions.
  • Brown County continually works locally and with the state and federal government to improve high speed connectivity through free public WiFi:
    • County buildings
    • Brown County Public Library locations
    • Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport
    • Neville Public Museum
    • NEW Zoo. 
  • BCCAN is eRate authorized and has a FCC USAC SPIN ID 
BCCAN consists of approximately 122 miles of underground fiber infrastructure as of December 2022 and is currently partially self-funded with lease fees covering portions of construction and operating costs.

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Benefits Now and In the Future

Benefits Now and In the Future
All authorized entities have an equal opportunity to use available BCCAN dark fiber. The core purpose of the fiber infrastructure is for services such as 911 Emergency, WAN and backup services. 

Long Term Goals
BCCAN continually partners to improve access to high speed internet. Fiber can facilitate a broad range of high speed communication technology and can be reused as other technology is retired. Community Area Networks such as BCCAN are the foundation of SMART Cities’ and SMART Counties’ technology initiatives. BCCAN goals include:
  • Major planned expansions: Wrightstown, Pulaski, Denmark, and Northeast Brown County (currently unfunded)
  • Partner with municipalities to ensure they have fiber or full internet service if they choose leveraging BCCAN.
  • Ensuring fiber to all 911 Radio towers for next-gen-911. This would also allow the County to reduce or eliminate expensive tower to tower repeater systems. That same fiber would also permit the possibility of leasing fiber in more rural areas of the County for public/private utility and ISP partnership.
  • Work with school districts to improve access and reduce the digital divide (Green Bay Schools is complete).
  • Work with healthcare providers to improve rural healthcare access via the internet & BCCAN.
  • Multiple fiber paths in and out of the County. Currently we have MERIT to the north and WiscNet to the South and West partner connections through WiscNet. 
  • Future plans to partner with Door County, Kewaunee County, Calumet, Outagamie, Manitowoc and Shawano using fiber runs to allow for shared services, mutual aid and reduced telecommunication expenses.
  • Support directly or indirectly East and West Metro Arterials, to ensure technology-dependent businesses are attracted to the region.
  • Work with the County Board to add dig once and other pro-fiber ordinances for the County and municipalities
  • Facilitate business development. (Example - since first offering its fiber optic service in 2012, Chattanooga, Tenn. has generated over $400 million in new business investments and 6,000 new jobs.)
Quick Links
Broadband and BCCAN Director: August Neverman  •  Phone: (920) 448-7860  •  Fax: (920) 448-6266  •  Click here to email
Physical Address: 835 Walnut Street  •  Green Bay WI 54301  •  Map
Mailing Address: PO Box 23600  •  Green Bay WI 54305-3600
Office Hours: M - F, 8am - 5pm