Benefits Now and In the Future
All authorized entities have an equal opportunity to use available BCCAN fiber. The core purpose of the fiber infrastructure is for services such as 911 Emergency, WAN and backup services. However, County-provided fiber has helped development from providers such as Nsight, AT&T and Spectrum by providing a funding mechanism to install fiber.
Long Term Goals
BCCAN will continually partner 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 expansions: Wrightstown, Pulaski, Denmark, and Northeast Brown County
- Partner with municipalities to ensure they have fiber or full internet service if they choose leveraging BCCAN.
- 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 a County government mesh wireless network, leasing for a public mesh wireless network or a public/private partnership.
- Work with school districts to improve access and reduce the digital divide.
- 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 but no West runs. Expand fiber to ensure mesh access. St. Norbert’s College run was recently completed.
- Partner with Door County, Kewaunee County, 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 Green Bay Fiber Arterial to ensure technology-dependent businesses are attracted to the region.
- Work with the County Board to add dig once pro-fiber ordinance for the County
- Facilitate business development. (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.)