The argument for the amendment is that public entities should not compete with private business. But this is not about competing with the private sector, but an effort to divert taxpayer dollars from a public non-profit to private businesses. What it should be about is providing essential services to taxpayer supported public institutions at the lowest cost. Eliminating WiscNet will result in fewer dollars in our classrooms or higher taxes.
State Superintendent Tony Evers notes
it will prohibit any UW campus from participating in advanced research networks linking research institutions worldwide.The internet as we know it was created by public research networks and organizations like WiscNet - what future revolutionary inventions will we pass up by getting out of this game?