The Building Community Capacity through Broadband initiative is based on the CAN model in the Chippewa Valley (the Chippewa Valley InterNetworking Consortium, or CINC). Already a leader in CAN development, the Chippewa Valley’s BCCB project is truly creating a national model in which communities determine their broadband needs and collectively build what they believe is needed. Chippewa Valley is expanding their reach into their communities, springboarding additional CANs and acting as catalyst for developing CAN leadership. Through the BCCB project, the Chippewa Valley area continues to expand their network in mileage, WiMAX, WiFi, and redundancy, an increase in both capacity and reach.
Community Capacity Infrastructure (CCI) Grant: Chippewa Valley is expanding its Regional Area Fiber Network for education, public safety, medical, government and public computing centers in the following areas: South to Mondovi; North to Spooner; East Fairchild; West to Menomonie. WiMax areas in Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties. This effort is headed by Daren Bauer and Ross Wilson.
Sustainable Broadband Adoption Grant (SBA): As a model for the other four demonstration communities, The Chippewa Valley Network (called CINC) brought access and education to rural areas by creating mobile labs with the Indianhead Federated Library System, and assisted in the creation of educational resources to be utilized throughout the Chippewa Valley region. The three-county SBA grant work has now concluded. As of Sept. 2012 the Chippewa Valley had reached over 5,985 participants with 291 activities and 6,233 training hours. Regional Broadband Specialist Jill Hietpas continues to work with UW-Extension on community outreach and education efforts.
Read an overview of the CCI-SBA Grant Snapshots for Chippewa Valley (Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Dunn Counties) Wisconsin.
Jill Hietpas, Regional Broadband Specialist
227 1st Street West
Altoona, Wis., 54720