Technology for Educational Advancement (TEACH)
The authoritative source of information on TEACH Wisconsin programs is the TEACH website.
Here is an overview of TEACH and BadgerNet services related to E-rate.
TEACH Wisconsin provides subsidized broadband circuits on BadgerNet, the state network, to school and libraries throughout the State as follows:
100 Mbps or less: $100/month
1 Gbps: $250/month
These prices are significantly discounted. The amount that TEACH pays BadgerNet for the service is higher than the amount it charges you. Because TEACH purchases the BadgerNet service, it applies for E-rate discount for it. The amount that you pay TEACH for the service is therefore not eligible for E-rate reimbursement.
There are three sources of internet access on Badgernet:
- AT&T’s MIS Service
- WiscNet on BadgerNet
- Local Telephone Companies, where available.
Internet access is not subsidized by TEACH, so school districts are eligible to receive E-rate discounts for it, and must apply for it themselves, even though it is delivered over BadgerNet.
TEACH Wisconsin also provides infrastructure grants to school districts with low population densities. These grants cover all Category 2 [link to C2 pages] items, as well as mobile hotspots that can be installed on buses or made available to students to bring home.