The Chippewa Valley Internetworking Consortium (CINC) is a regional Community Area Network (CAN) formed in 1999 that is committed to “Broadband Serving the Public Interest.” CINC became an Unincorporated Association in 2011 and coordinates regional communication infrastructure projects with city, county and state government, educational institutions, libraries, hospitals, health care, nonprofits, 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.
- Chair: Kevin Groskreutz, HSHS
- Vice-Chair: Tom Lange, CVTC
- Secretary: Tom Stevens, At-Large (representing Dove Healthcare)
- Treasurer: James Martin, Eau Claire Area School District
Executive Committee Members:
- Dave Hayden – Eau Claire County
- Christy Haun – Chippewa County
- Tom Stevens – Dove Healthcare
- Kevin Groskreutz – HSHS
- Daren Bauer – UWEC
- Marty Helgeson, Rice Lake School District
- Tom Lange – CVTC
- Kevin Anason – Mayo Clinic
- Wendi Jacobson – City of Eau Claire
- Sarah Lipke – CESA 10
- Brett Schnobrich – Chippewa Area School District
- James Martin – Eau Claire Area School District
CINC leaders presented a community leader and legislator update at the Chippewa Valley Technical College on December 8, 2016. Sen. Moulton and Sen. Harsdorf and other city and county elected officials attended. The briefing included updates on two PSC broadband grants in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties and other projects. 65 attended in Eau Claire, along with 35 via a video feed in La Crosse. A local television news story is linked below:
Check out a recorded copy of the event here (jump ahead to minute 10 due to audio issues): https://rev.cvtc.edu/#/videos/9fcf8a8b-8b1c-479d-8991-1142cfa91ea0
The attached case study highlights CINC in the development of a regional telehealth network in the Chippewa Valley.
CINC Telehealth Network Case Study
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (editorial) 4/3/2013 p. 6A.
On March 25, CINC hosted two researchers from Japan, Mr. Yasuichi Kitamura and Dr. Hiroshi Mizushima for a briefing on, “Strengthening a Health Care Community with Collaborative Advanced Broadband Networks in the Chippewa Valley.” This editorial was written by CINC member Kevin Groskreutz.
Eau Claire Leader Telegram Article
On March 14, 2013, CINC presented its annual Strategy Briefing and Update for Executive Leaders hosted in the Eau Claire County Board chambers. The presentation and discussion was led by Ross, Wilson, Daren Bauer, Jill Hietpas and John LeBrun and included a strategy briefing and update on the $32M federal broadband project in western Wisconsin. City-county government officials, library leaders, health care and education executives, college presidents and university chancellors in western Wisconsin were invited.
CINC’s annual Strategy Briefing and Update for Executive Leaders was held on March 14 at the Eau Claire County Courthouse on the $32M federal broadband project in western Wisconsin. City-county government officials, library leaders, health care and education executives, college presidents and university chancellors in western Wisconsin were invited. The briefing was followed by a demonstration of a mobile Battalion Command hotspot vehicle to demonstrate the CINC “air strategy” that is made possible by underground fiber and towers.
On March 25, 2013, CINC and WiscNet hosted two researchers from Japan, Mr. Yasuichi Kitamura and Dr. Hiroshi Mizushima for a briefing on, “Strengthening a Health Care Community with Collaborative Advanced Broadband Networks in the Chippewa Valley,” hosted by Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Mr. Kitamura is a researcher at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan, and a member of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network. Dr. Mizushima is a Chief Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Public Health in Japan. They also visited colleagues at Internet2 and the NIH in Washington, DC, and best practice networks in Indiana and Michigan. The purpose of the visit was to study innovative high speed broadband fiber optic broadband networks, meet stakeholders in their collaborative models, and learn about their impact on health care.