In a last minute amendment to its heavily controversial state budget bill, the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance added a provision that would greatly reduce broadband access for schools, libraries, and university researchers. The target of this harmful proposal is WiscNet, a not-for-profit Internet Service Provider cooperative that offers inexpensive and flexible broadband service to anchor institutions, provides online learning resources for public schools and libraries, and allows university researchers fast, inexpensive data upload services unavailable from private providers. This proposal by Governor Walker would force WiscNet to return $39 million in federal funds that would be used to lay fiber-optic cables across Wisconsin and would sever the relationship between WiscNet and the University of Wisconsin, which founded WiscNet over 20 years ago. In addition to negatively impacting the University’s connectivity and research capacity, the loss of this funding means that fewer rural community members would have immediate access to broadband.
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to: 1) Sustain strong communities where effective public structures
ensure every person and business has the opportunity to succeed and
prosper. 2) Promote a revenue system for Wisconsin that generates
adequate funding so that local government, school districts and state
programs can maintain quality services. 3) Strengthen citizen engagement
and power in public policy decision making through community education
and organizing. 4) Champion state and local tax policies that are fair