Converge, January 1999, p. 34

After many schools in Wisconsin discovered they weren’t eligible for E-Rate funding, the state began its own funding program to help connect the state’s schools to the Internet.

The Wisconsin Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) program earmarked half a billion dollars of state funds to help bring computers and connections to Wisconsin’s schools and libraries.

The program subsidizes half of schools’ spending on wiring and network connections, and also offers cheap data and video connections to BadgerNet, a statewide video, voice, and data network that connects colleges, schools, and state government agencies.

As a result of the program, growing numbers of schools have been able to establish distance learning programs to bring advanced placement and foreign language instruction to schools that otherwise would be unable to offer such courses. Native American students have achieved a greater sense of belonging by connecting with other schools in the state through BadgerNet.