Wausau (Marathon County) is in the early stages of bringing public institutions together to ensure that the community receives connectivity it needs to be competitive in the 21st century. This endeavor is an important starting point for them to address future needs for the area. Wausau continues looking for additional partners both on the CAN infrastructure side as well as the outreach and education side of their work.
Community Capacity Infrastructure (CCI) Grant: Wausau is one of four demonstration communities that will build on the successful Chippewa Valley Community Area Network model to collectively decide how to connect facilities, provide broadband services, exchange traffic with providers and manage the addition of future institutions. This effort is headed by Chet Strebe and Gerry Klein.
Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) Grant: Wausau has now concluded its SBA grant work. Wausaus reached out to the general populations as well as special populations. A computer lab was established at the Neighbor’s Place giving access to a host of vulnerable populations, while a trainer with laptops traveled to rural public libraries and senior centers on a regular basis. This effort was headed by Mike Theiss out of UW Extension Marathon County. As of September, 2012 Wausau outreach efforts had reached 2,603 participants through 148 activities and 1, 547 training hours.
Read an overview of the CCI-SBA Grant Snapshots Wausau (Marathon County) Wisconsin.