Access Wisconsin is one of the strategic partners in BadgerNet, representing and facilitating the data transmissions 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, we were the successful bidder in the 2016 department of Administration's BadgerNet.  In fact, Access Wisconsin has been a major participant not only in this bid, but in all of the previous DOA bids going back over 20 years. The beneficiaries of this network are Wisconsin's education community - the K-12, technical colleges, UW campuses, private colleges; Wisconsin's libraries; 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. We started with Video Distance Education 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 other like-minded telecoms 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.

In 2005 the DOA, using Access Wisconsin and others, merged all its digital traffic into a single major network covering all 72 counties with over 2000 end-user locations.  And in 2016 this bid was renewed and we once again partnered with like-minded telecom providers to deliver to the State of Wisconsin and it's end user customers a state of the art, robust and advanced fiber optic network.