Budget Could Impact Library Internet Costs

6/11/11 – The state’s library systems could be paying a lot more for Internet access if proposed cuts to a nonprofit cooperative run by the UW System are included in the final budget. Gus Falkenberg, technology coordinator for the Indianhead Federated Library System in Eau Claire, said WiscNet provides an affordable Internet portal and being forced to go with a private ISP would be a significant cost increase, from around $9,000 to as much as $60,000. State schools Superintendent Tony Evers has also raised concerns over cuts to WiscNet. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau has said the issue may get another look before the budget is finalized.