Thursday, September 29, 2011

Join us at - Co-op Connection on Saturday October 1 from 9am - 2pm

Co-op Connection: A Celebration of Cooperatives and Community
Saturday, October 1 | 9 am – 2 pm
Monona Terrace Convention Center

Come join the fun! The Co-op Connection, hosted by Summit Credit Union, is a one day event to celebrate cooperatives and all that they contribute to our communities. Area cooperatives and cooperative enthusiasts will host interactive booths to educate their members, employees, and the public on what they do and why it’s important to our community and the local economy.

Admission is free for everyone, so bring your friends and family to win great prizes, enjoy live music, snacks, refreshments, kids’ activities, and information about the cooperatives in our communities.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Union Technology Cooperative is proud to offer community pricing to Willy Street Co-op Owners

For a limited time UTC is extending our community rate pricing (50% off) to Willy Street Co-op Owners for residential computer repair and network services. Owner card must be presented at checkout. Discount does not include hardware sales. The offer expires September 30th, 2011 and is subject to technician availability, so please contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

An open letter in support of WiscNet

From: Union Technology Cooperative
To: Wisconsin State Legislators and Governor Walker
Subject: An open letter in support of WiscNet

The worker-owners of Union Technology Cooperative strongly oppose and condemn the misguided "Omnibus Motion" to eliminate WiscNet from the UW System (Sections 23-26 of the UW System Bill).

WiscNet is a non-profit cooperative organization that provides affordable Internet service to Wisconsin universities, K-12 schools and libraries. The combination of high speed Internet service, affordable pricing and knowledgeable technical support that WiscNet provides are the reasons why these organizations choose WiscNet to be their Internet service provider. If commercial providers were offering better value or technology, WiscNet would not be necessary. However, this is not the case, and the services provided by WiscNet currently cannot be matched by their commercial conterparts.

WiscNet has always been a technology leader for Wisconsin. For example, recently WiscNet has been a leader in forthcoming IPv6 transition, providing the training and equipment necessary to insure their members are prepared. This type of investment is a key factor in keeping Wisconsin economically competitive. By comparison, no commercial provider has commited the same level of resources to the IPv6 transition nor do they have any plans to do so in the near future even as the deadline looms. The fact is that this budget proposal is likely to cost the State more in the long run by forcing the UW System as well as State-funded schools and libraries to pay more for Internet service and outdated technology.

Please join us in opposing this attack on Wisconsin's educational system. If this measure succeeds, the quality of our great Wisconsin educational system will suffer. In turn, Wisconsin will be a less attractive place to do business, further jepordizing our fragile economic recovory.

More information and steps you can take to help are listed on the WiscNet website:

For additional information, please contact: (608) 616-9925 or

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fake Anti-Virus and Rogue Security Applications

Recently the problem with "Fake" Anti-virus and "Rogue" Security Applications has reached critical mass. In an effort to help our clients, Union Technology Cooperative will be posting a series of YouTube tutorials and posts here on our blog, with instructions on how to defend your computer from these types of malicious applications.

Part 1 of this series is presently available on YouTube.
This series is ongoing with additional recommendations and instructions coming soon.  "Fake Anti-Virus and Rogue Security Applications Part 1" covers the single most important step you can take in defending your PC from fake anti-virus applications; creating a single "Administrator" account, and only using your computer as a "Standard" user.

As always, if you think your computer is infected with malicious software, NEVER enter credit card or financial information.  If you need assistance with the instructions, or have questions please visit our website; and select from one of the contact options on our home page. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Madison, Wisconsin - April 26th, 2011 - Union Technology Cooperative, a worker-owned and operated technical support provider, recently opened a new office on Branch Street in Middleton. Formed in 2008 by a collective of independent IT contractors, UTC is the state's only information technology business organized as a cooperative.

Only a handful of technology cooperatives exist throughout the country, and Madison's strong cooperative roots had a major impact on UTC's formation. UTC provides technicial support for small and medium-sized businesses as well as residential clients in the greater Madison area. The member-owners of UTC place a strong focus on community by providing affordable services to community organizations and residents with a high level of need.

UTC is the only local technical support provider that focuses on enterprise-quality services and solutions for area businesses and individuals. The new Middleton office is a major milestone for the start-up. UTC looks forward to providing reliable services and solutions for many years to come in the greater Madison area.