*Update* The [Joint Finance] committee added a provision that would have rejected almost $40 million in federal broadband money and prevented it from being used for the University of Wisconsin System and its WiscNet broadband system, raising concerns among school districts and public libraries that rely on that network.
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), co-chairman of the committee, said Tuesday the Assembly would adopt an amendment to the budget to reverse some of the committee action. That would allow the federal money to be used over the next two years and also hold off on implementing the restrictions on WiscNet until July 1, 2013.
Between now and then, an audit would be conducted to determine how WiscNet is used, Vos said. The broadband industry has complained WiscNet unfairly competes with their networks.