The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Metropolitan Unified Fiber Network

The Metropolitan Unified Fiber Network project plans to deploy more than 100 miles of fiber-optic middle mile infrastructure to provide high-capacity broadband Internet connections for underserved community anchor institutions, and enable last-mile broadband services throughout the Madison, Middleton, and Monona, Wisconsin region. The project expects to directly connect nearly 100 community anchor institutions, including schools, public safety organizations, and a community college, at speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The project also expects to spur new or improved broadband Internet access for local residents and businesses, including as many as 47,000 households and 5,000 businesses, by enabling last mile service providers to connect to the project’s open network.

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$5,106,373
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The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System connected 92 community anchor institutions to Metropolitan Unified Fiber Network (MUFN) through June 2013. The 130-mile network connected schools, public safety organizations, and a community college to new fiber-optic infrastructure. The new access will allow ambulances to send patient information to hospitals en route, clinics and hospitals to access electronic health records, and students to share information and resources between campuses.

The network provides high-capacity broadband Internet connections for community anchor institutions, and enable broadband services throughout the Madison, Middleton, and Monona, Wisconsin regions. In addition, the University of Wisconsin System hopes to spur new or improved broadband Internet access for local residents and businesses, including as many as 47,000 households and 5,000 businesses, by enabling Internet service providers to connect to the project’s open network.

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