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. In addition, The Department of Technology Services (DoTS) built in reserve capacity that allows other entities to access very high speed LAN/WAN and/or internet services in the Brown County area.
- BCCAN provides fiber network, optional 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
- public libraries
- Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport
- Neville Public Museum
- NEW Zoo.
BCCAN consists of approximately 95 miles of underground fiber infrastructure as of January 2019 and is currently partially self-funded with lease fees covering portions of construction and operating costs.