Case Studies

The Impact of Broadband Deployment on Recreational and Seasonal Property Values- A Hedonic Model: In recent times, Internet access has become vital not only for the daily activities of individuals and businesses, but also for sustainable growth in a region. However, there is a remarkable difference in accessibility to broadband Internet between rural and urban areas. In Door County, WI, access to high-speed Internet connection in recreational or seasonal properties is either non-existent or deficient. This paper outlines the results of a housing market hedonic analysis conducted in Door County regarding the effect that Internet connection has on residential property prices. The results of the study show that availability of Internet connection on residential and seasonal homes is statistically significant and has a positive effect on property prices.

Engaging the Community in Digital Literacy: Tech Tutors: This 2015 study follows the utilization of broadband resources and Tech Tutors to engage the Marathon County community. Through these resources, community members received internet adoption support from community volunteers.

Dove Healthcare: Cloud Services Viability Solution: This October 2011 case study examines how an advanced broadband network provided by a community area network (CAN) was utilized by Dove Healthcare to operate many applications at multiple sites to benefit residents and staff.

Hospital Department Integration with Community Area Network: This November 2011 case study examines the integration of departments that allowed for reliable and seamless sharing of applications and processes for two regional hospitals utilizing advanced broadband over a Community Area Network (CAN). This integration created several opportunities for savings on operational costs to benefit patients.

Hospital Sisters Health System:_Imaging_Hub: This June 2011 case study follows the development of two hospitals’ collaboration with other public and private stakeholders to develop a cost-effective infrastructure to support a Tele-Radiology Image Hub to integrate patient care by sharing large diagnostic digital imaging files across western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

Metro Cluster: Technology Case Study: This November 2011 case study examines how a Storage Area Network for each of two hospitals connected by a redundant Community Area Network provided compelling, reliable and cost-effective storage and backup of critical patient data with consistent real-time accessibility.

Teleradiology Hub: Case-Study: This June 2011 case study follows the development of two hospitals’ collaboration with other public and private stakeholders to develop a cost-effective infrastructure to support a Tele-Radiology Image Hub to integrate patient care by sharing large diagnostic digital imaging files across western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

Case Study Huber Inmates: Through a workshop hosted by the Eau Claire County Job Center entitled “How to Get a Job with a Record”, Chippewa County Huber Inmates expressed a great need for better computer skills to both build their employability skills and to apply for jobs via online forms. The Chippewa County Job Center, located about three miles from the county jail, is an affiliate (not comprehensive Job Center) and therefore only provides limited employment and training related services for workers, youth, and businesses. Access to up-to-date computers and individuals who can provide one-on-one assistance is limited and sometimes ineffective when these individuals have limited hours and time slots available to learn and work.

The Impact of Broadband Deployment on Recreational and Seasonal Property Values- A Hedonic Model: In recent times, Internet access has become vital not only for the daily activities of individuals and businesses, but also for sustainable growth in a region. However, there is a remarkable difference in accessibility to broadband Internet between rural and urban areas. In Door County, WI, access to high-speed Internet connection in recreational or seasonal properties is either non-existent or deficient. This paper outlines the results of a housing market hedonic analysis conducted in Door County regarding the effect that Internet connection has on residential property prices. The results of the study show that availability of Internet connection on residential and seasonal homes is statistically significant and has a positive effect on property prices.