Technology for Educational Achievement (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.
Internet or Transport Service (data circuit):
The Wisconsin Department of Administration TEACH Program provides subsidized Category One broadband circuits via the BadgerNet contract. The program supports schools and libraries throughout the State.
Schools and libraries which are E-rate eligible are charged the following rates for their cost share of Category One (CAT 1) connectivity:
100 Mbps or less: $100/month
1 Gbps or more: $250/month
The amount that TEACH pays BadgerNet for the service is significantly higher than the amount it charges schools and libraries. TEACH customers on BadgerNet do not have to solicit Category 1 bids for Internet or Transport Service. TEACH files a Form 470 for these services, #89198000134616.
There are three sources of internet access (ISP) via BadgerNet contract:
- AT&T’s MIS Service
- WiscNet on BadgerNet
- Local Provider (Not coordinated by the Managed Service Provider of the BadgerNet contract. Requestor must coordinate with the ISP for service delivery over BadgerNet.)
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.