Wisconsin’s Public Internet Coop Threatened By Budget Bill | Talking Points Memo

Provisions added to Wisconsin’s budget bill would force the University of Wisconsin system to return $37 million in federal grants meant to expand broadband Internet access in the state, and also prevent the university system from supporting the non-profit cooperative WiscNet, which provides high-speed Internet to local governments, schools, libraries, universities and hospitals.According to The Wisconsin State Journal, the provision was inserted into the bill by the state Legislature’s budget committee two weeks ago. Republican lawmakers, backed by Wisconsin’s state telecommunications association, said that the government should not be providing telecommunications services.

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