- Collected Regulations & Policies on Broadband
- Cooperatives and Rural Broadband: A Selective Survey University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.
- A Broadband Reference Guide that covers some of the basic questions about broadband and the knowledge and tools to understand broadband services and technologies.
- Resources to help communities build subscribership and service from private telecommunications providers.
Connected Aging Communities
This groundbreaking new initiative envisions and tests what a “connected aging community” in rural Wisconsin might look like. Read the official launch press release (PDF)
Pilot counties Manitowish Waters (Vilas County, WI) and Park Falls (Price County, WI) are developing collaborative projects to improve social infrastructures, help older adults adopt technology, and ensure independent living by elderly residents in their communities. The collaborative work of these two communities will create models for other connected aging communities into the future.
This project runs 2017-2018 and is funded by Bader Philanthropies, with community and project management through the UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center.
The work is guided by a strong advisory board with representatives from multiple statewide organizations and industries, while each local pilot project is run by local leadership teams.
One page project overview Connected Aging Community
For more information contact Center Outreach Educator Gail Huycke, 608-957-5539
Follow the work online using hashtag #ConnectedAgingCommunity
- Technology Allows Communication with Doctors via Virtual Visits, Price County Review
- Technology Education Programs for Seniors Coming to Price County, Price County Review
- High Tech, High Touch, Lakeland Times
- Kids, Seniors Alike Learning with Connected Aging Communities Project, Price County Review
2015 Digital Divide Profiles
Digital Divide Index
Internet access has become a key factor for full participation in modern society. Educational and professional opportunities, workforce participation, access to health information, public safety and regional economic development are increasingly dependent upon an individual’s access to a high-speed broadband connection. The digital divide is the gap between those who have access to computers and the internet and those who do not.
The Digital Divide Index, developed at the Purdue Center for Regional Development, is used as a way to gauge a county’s relative standing compared to peers. Factors likely to affect residents’ capability to access the internet, which include household income, age, education level, and as well as access to infrastructure, are used to approximate the digital divide for each county. Index values are pulled from a continuum, with the high value (largest digital divide) set at 100, and the low value (smallest digital divide) set at 0. The larger the digital divide, the higher the index value. A larger digital divide implies that a larger portion of the population is not able to participate through use of the internet.
What is the Digital Divide is a two page publication that provides background on how to use the Digital Divide Index Profiles for each county. It is recommended as a companion to the profiles.
An archive of the webinar held on June 28, 2018 can be accessed here.
You can find Digital Divide Index Profiles for each of Wisconsin’s counties below: