In our last update, WiscNet announced that UW-Madison awarded us a contract to serve their research and education networking needs. Alas, yesterday we learned the University of Wisconsin System Administration and Board of Regents have asked UW-Madison to withdraw this award to WiscNet, citing “business and political considerations” and their need to “absolutely ensure that (the UW) can accomplish (their) educational and research missions without interruption”.
Isn’t it a sad day when political pressures from telephone company lobbyists keep us from working together? It’s frustrating, yet fascinating. Seriously.
When done right, networking transcends old ways of thinking and transforms new ways of doing business - thank goodness. This is what we, WiscNet, do passionately. Every day. On the flip side, it is simply easier for them to legislate than innovate. They can if they want. We are moving on.
Cut to the chase, WiscNet is a rock-solid, viable non-profit business. We know you need to know that right now as you depend on us. We have a strong and large network and are financially solid. Period. Even as the University of Wisconsin is forced to abandon their membership in WiscNet, we have more than 500 members. Our membership, ironically, has continued to grow steadily throughout the telephone lobbying efforts. Your reaction to their attack in 2011 has been good for business. It confounds them, but it speaks to my point about transcendence and transformation. What we have in our membership provides ample revenue for us to continue to do good together.
Over the next several days, weeks, and months we’ll continue to keep you updated as we adapt. Until then, keep doing good, and remember the network is people working together, not the technology. Technology comes and goes. The power is the people working together to make Wisconsin better. And power is…well... power…think about it.
Stay tuned; the best is yet to come.
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