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.
“Information Architecture [is] another way the City safeguards a public system is through its oversight of a large information architecture that brings essential information to public sector and private citizens. The CINC (Chippewa Valley Internetworking Consortium) network was established in Chippewa Valley 12 years ago which connects public many public and private institutions with high capacity information infrastructure. CINC has subsequently become model for municipal cost saving through the establishment of the first of its kind Community Area Network (CAN). Because of the CINC network, in 2010 western WI was awarded a $35 million BTOP grant (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program). The $11.5 million of the grant monies invested in the Chippewa Valley laid 200 miles of fiber optic cable, and 1300 square miles of WiMax and additional WiFi coverage at 30 City facilities. The project also created new wireless hot spots that attract vendors to the City. Then, in 2012, when the Federal Communications Commission mandated that all two-way radio transmissions move to NarrowBand broadcast, the City was able to reduce project costs because of the common work being done as part of the BTOP grant, which was won in part because of the CINC network created 12 years ago. We all agree that in a healthy democracy information is a vital public system. And we can see that in Eau Claire access to information, in all its new technology, is guaranteed.”
Eau Claire City Council President
State of the City message to citizens
(January 21, 2013)
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.
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin—On February 13, the Chippewa Valley Inter-Networking Consortium (CINC) presented its 2012 “Broadband Advocate & Champion” award to Wisconsin Sen. Terry Moulton (State Senate District 23) for leadership in saving the two federal broadband grants totaling $32 million … Continue reading
Celebrating an Innovative Public-Private Broadband Network Model in western Wisconsin Open to the Public: Monday, February 13, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 2:00-2:20 Thanks and Updates Presentation of CINC … Continue reading
Chippewa Inter-Networking Consortium (CINC) Forms as a Non-profit Unincorporated Association L-R: Tom Lange, Jill Hietpas, Gus Falkenburg, Ross Wilson, Bob Scidmore, Jim Coppage, Daren Bauer, Tom Stevens (hidden),Todd Munden, Chip Eckardt, Kevin Groskreutz, Doug Wahl, Connie, Jon LeBrun, David Mortimer, … Continue reading