Best Practices: Infrastructure and Hardware

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Comcast's "Internet Essentials" Program Internet Essentials helps more students and families get online. While participating in Internet Essentials, customers receive: Fast home Internet for just $9.95 a month + tax No price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees A computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax Access to free Internet training - online, in print and in person  http://www.internetessentials.com/ 
Regional Public/Private Partnership Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and UW-Milwaukee least their television spectrum to private companies. Part of the agreement is that Clearwire provide wireless devices which are offered to students as a part of a credit recovery program.  Jim Davis - CIO, Milwaukee Public School District  
Video Describing a "Community Area Network" The Chippewa Valley Inter-networking Consortium (CINC) is a regional Community Area Network (CAN) work group formed in 1999 that is committed to “Broadband Serving the Public Interest”. CINC coordinates regional communication infrastructure projects with city, county and state governments, educational institutions, libraries, non-profits, and technology providers to facilitate network creation that is innovative, competitive, and sustainable. Through a coordinated regional communication infrastructure, CINC helps the Chippewa Valley be innovative, competitive, and economically viable for present and future generations. Ross Wilson - CESA #10 http://www.youtube.com/wibroadband1#p/u/0/xmdP496AE7c 
Broadband's Impact on Communities in Wisconsin A series of 7 videos produced in Wisconsin that discuss the importance of broadband to our communities and our community anchor institutions. Andy Lewis - University of Wisconsin Extension http://www.youtube.com/wibroadband1 
FCC Allows E-Rate Programs More Flexibility The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a plan to allow the public to take advantage of schools’ internet access during non-operating hours. Schools that receive funding from the E-rate program (more formally, the schools and libraries universal service support program) may now provide internet access to the public during non-operating hours. This change attracted broad support in comments received while developing the National Broadband Plan.  http://schoolboardnews.nsba.org/2010/02/fcc-allows-e-rate-programs-more-flexibility/ 
Video Showcasing the Science Leadership Academy While admittedly a bit of a "commercial" for Apple, this shows that hardware and infrastructure in the form of a 1-1 program need not be a barrier.  http://www.apple.com/education/profiles/science-leadership-academy/ 
Regional broadband investment summaries and plans  See "Region 3" for a particularly well developed plan for schools and community anchor institutions. LinkWISCONSIN is not intended to replace or compete with other broadband efforts in our state, but rather to identify and work with new and existing projects that share our goal. Through collaboration, we can finally realize greater access to and use of broadband technologies to improve business opportunities and the quality of life for all Wisconsinites. http://www.link.wisconsin.gov/lwi/contactUs.aspx or info@linkamericaalliance.com  http://www.link.wisconsin.gov 
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