We provide Internet services — web access, site hosting, email — to schools in the Canton of Zug. We're an ISP that's confined to the schoolyard, serving 5,000 students and 600 teachers at high schools, prep schools and vocational schools. We maintain more than 2,000 PCs, and we're trying to increase that number rapidly. Despite being reliant on state funding (plus the good will of our peering partners and some insanely skilled pro bono engineers), we're no half-baked operation. We are a successful, professional ISP with a specialized mission. We're connected to all the important IX points in Europe—and heads up, America 'cause you're next.
We attract world-class partners because we have neither the opportunity nor desire to compete with them. We're a government-funded nonprofit that engages in absolutely no commercial activity; we just provide services to our schools. But our students' needs are growing, and we need more partners.We think a peering relationship is an opportunity for commercial service providers to strengthen their brands through a public contribution that provides real, immediate value to thousands of students.
Some potential peering partners hesitate as they imagine 5,000 unruly students running loose on their networks. The movies tell us that two 11-year-olds with a T-1 line and a five-year-old laptop will inevitably hack into a NATO airbase— or post a prime minister's dirty laundry online — but that just hasn't been the case. Maybe our kids are underachievers, but we've never had any kind of incident. We have strong systems in place to keep our network clean, with a zero-tolerance policy for spam and abuse. Our staff knows how to keep our system safe.
That brings up another unfounded fear — that we're an ISP run by a bunch of classroom teachers who will surely find a way to break your network, and maybe the entire Internet. Fortunately, we're run entirely by highly experienced IT professionals using high-quality equipment and redundant systems.
We would enjoy peering with you, and would be happy to discuss any opportunities, or to provide more information. We're also happy to make recommendations about our current partners if you're in the market for their services. Just drop us a line.
You know how sometimes in the afternoon you see all the teenagers getting out of school, and they're running around, being noisy and rude, with strange clothes and weird hairstyles? Those are kids from other schools. Our schools are pillars of educational excellence, where neatly dressed children filled with polite enthusiasm and a love of learning study hard to become the high-income earners who will one day support our retirement. That's why we want them to have the best education now, including fine-quality Internet access.
Sapere Aude! Anyone versed in Latin knows that this means “Dare to be wise!” “Dare to know” is more literal, but has less panache. What's the point of throwing around erudite bits of Latin if you can't do it with a little panache?
We've adopted this phrase as our motto — it's in our logo at the top left; you have to kinda squint — to honor the ideals of the men who made it famous: Horace and Emmanuel Kant.
Horace called on us to dare to be wise — to dare to attempt, and achieve, and learn through the process. He was calling on his contemporaries to seize the day - but … that's a different Latin phrase - rather than wait for a perfect moment that never arrives.
That's not our world today, though. In our world, that perfect moment to act arrives constantly. Every second of every day, the sprawling, incomprehensible sum of human knowledge — all truth, all lies, all ugliness, all beauty, all history, all fantasy — is a few keystrokes away. The Internet brings us all this, and also brings us the power to make something of it — a Wikipedia article, a startup business, a political movement. That's a lot of power to put in the hands of young people — and we can't wait.
Kant adopted Horace's exhortation as the theme of the Enlightenment, an era and a philosophy that resonates with us. As technicians and engineers, we live in an orderly world of science, mathematics and half-eaten jelly doughnuts. The Enlightenment's focus on reason as the path to a better human condition is central to our beliefs and to our focus as we maintain and expand our spiffy Rube Goldberg network of Internet excellence.
We believe in education because education makes an informed, thinking, critical youth, which makes the future something other than a sprawling Mad Max dystopia. Fun movies, but we like having cable TV and a general lack of roving bands of mohawked marauders. We joke that these kids are going to be funding our retirements someday — and they will, but more importantly, they'll be solving global overpopulation and childhood malnutrition. They'll be curing diseases, converting us to renewable energy, and striving for a world with less suffering and hatred. Once we pry them away from the freakin' video games.
And that's not even really a joke — despite living in a world that Kant would've loved, where free speech and the free flow of ideas is a reality, passivity and indifference can be a terrible problem. There are two ways that education relates to passivity: A lack of education leaves a young mind empty, and an uninspiring, didactic education leaves it closed.
We want to open the entire world to our students, because education is not one textbook, one teacher, one point of view. It's not a single set of rote exercises or memorized formulae or multiple-choice answers. It's the garish, unruly clash of ideas, the puzzling out of contradictions and the contemplation of the sublime. That's what we're trying to bring these kids. That and pictures of cute cats.
We want to show them how vast the world of knowledge and ideas is, and give them the tools to navigate it. We don't want our students to merely know, and we certainly don't want them to believe. We want them first to understand what has been done and thought and learned by those who came before them. And then to have the critical faculties and intellectual curiosity to challenge it.
Our mission is to bring the world to our students. Why? So that they can dare to make it better.
This page does not represent the official views or opinions of the Canton of Zug, its government or its schools. Although we're pretty sure they're in favor of education, too. To the degree that anything on this site can be considered a "view," it is at most the personal opinion of someone on the network engineering team, which puts up these pages in its spare time.
Nothing on these pages constitutes a legally binding contract with, or commitment by, the Kantonsschule Zug or the Canton of Zug. Neither we nor the schools and Canton of Zug accept any liability for your Internet experience. But we hope you're having a lovely day. We cannot control the content of external links. These were legit, cool sites at the time we posted. In the unlikely event something has gone horribly wrong, please contact us immediately.
Similarly, if you have any objections to content on this site, let us know. We seek to uphold the highest ethical standards and aim to treat everyone — partners, peers, our school clients, and people who send us nice emails — exactly the way we want to be treated (and we want to be treated like kings).
All this nonsense is pro bono, and has not been subsidized by anyone except our families, who wish we'd spend more time away from our computers.
For official statements from the Canton of Zug and the schools we serve, see their websites.
No animals were harmed in the making of this website. Well, one of our programmers killed a moth, but it kept flying into his screen, and he hadn't slept in 37 hours (the programmer — we don't know about the moth).
Almost no taxpayers were harmed in the making of this site, either: It was built entirely by volunteers, none of whom were paid with public money. But they'll probably try to deduct it on their tax filing, so, like we said ... almost none.