Critics of the state's plan to replace its decade-old video and data network, BadgerNet, were surprised to hear on Tuesday that a contract with an SBC-headed alliance had already been signed.
The Wisconsin BadgerNet Access Alliance, a group of companies including SBC, Verizon, Norlight, CenturyTel and local telcos, has been contracted to build B......
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ions, which provides network services to educational and government institutions and to the private sector.
He said that an organization of network users should have been allowed to bid out individual pieces of the network in order to maintain competition between vendors, leading to better deals.
"SBC would still get a very big [amount] of the business, but they wouldn't be i......Full article >>>
The university is now taking the developments in stride; at the conference, provost Peter Spear essentially said the network was fine as long as it could keep up with the university's needs over the next five years.
Other educational institutions are trying to work out unexpected difficulties. In mid-March KSCADE
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