Summary: The WI State Biennial Budget most recently enacted forbids the UW (System, campuses and extension) from being a member of an organization that provides telecom services.
So? The UWs are some of the ~500 education, research and public service organizations that come together around WiscNet (THE non-for-profit network service provider in the state that provides services the for profits can't).
Without WiscNet the UWs: lose buying power, lose the Wisconsin Idea (and based on the same legislation lose the ability to access Internet2-the US high speed research network).
Without the UWs: the education soup in Wisconsin is greatly lessened.
What's been done to try to address this? Pretty much damn near everything.
Did it work? Not yet.
What do you suggest? Sign this federal petition to shine some light on the issues at a federal level: http://wh.gov/XKgK