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State pushes importance of public access to the Internet

MADISON (WKOW) - The wireless craze is spreading Wisconsin, and more libraries are making free internet readily available.

The state Department of Public Instruction says at the end of 2008, 345 libraries, serving 97 percent of the population, offered wireless services.

The department says 21 more libraries are expected to add the service this year.

The department's goal is to have wireless Internet available to everyone in the state through public libraries.  Since last year, the department has been using federal money to help libraries pay for the service.

State Superintendent Tony Evers says many employers receive applications exclusively online, so job seekers need the Internet to search and apply for jobs.

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