Access Wisconsin is one of the managing partners of the BCN, the BadgerNet Converged Network, representing and facilitating the video and data transmission within Wisconsin's Independent Telephone Companies to serve our educational and government end users. Along with our Independent Telco subcontractors, and our other industry partners (AT&T, CenturyLink, Windstream and Frontier Communications) we created the WBAA, the Wisconsin BadgerNet Access Alliance. We successfully won the state bid in 2005 and transformed over 2000 sites in all 72 counties to our high bandwidth, high speed video and data network. The beneficiaries of this network are two fold: Wisconsin education community - the K-12, technical colleges, UW campuses, private colleges; and the agencies that make up Wisconsin government. We believe this converged network is the largest and most sophisticated of its kind in the country. Access Wisconsin is proud to be part of this remarkably successful endeavor.
Access Wisconsin traces its history back to 1987 when Wisconsin Independent Telephone companies banded together to offer their customers and clients an efficient and effective way to provide collective services. Over the years Access Wisconsin's reputation evolved into Wisconsin's premiere Video Distance Learning Integrator, offering "single point of contact" management services to both the educational community and our member companies.
In 1992, Access Wisconsin partnered with NWECS in northwest Wisconsin to launch Wisconsin's second full motion, digital, fiber optic, Video Distance Learning network. This achievement was followed by the successful implementation of other networks... WestWING, WONDER, SCING and Northern Lights.
In 1998, concentrating on our core business, Access Wisconsin partnered with Ameritech (now AT&T) and GTE (now Frontier Communications) to bid on the state of Wisconsin's BadgerNet Video offering to the state's K-12 districts, UW system campuses, Wisconsin Technical College System, Tribal Colleges and Private Colleges. As the successful bidder, Access Wisconsin integrated the legacy networks with the new BadgerNet network. Combined, these networks seamlessly inter-connect Video Distance Learning offerings to over 400 participating educational institutions.
And now in 2013 we continue to achieve remarkable success in facilitating the convergence of the legacy video network with the legacy data network resulting in the 2000 plus site BadgerNet Converged Network!