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Grant will upgrade Internet access at Wis. libraries

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Several public libraries throughout Wisconsin are scheduled to get a faster Internet connection, thanks to a federal grant.

Libraries that still use dial-up or cable Internet connections will receive a fiber optic upgrade to increase the speed.

Walter Burkhalter, director of the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library system, says the timing of the grant is perfect, because libraries have seen a "significant increase" in its users. Burkhalter attributes this increase to the economic downturn and the large number of people seeking jobs.

The project is expected to begin this year and finish by early 2011. The funding for the project is part of a recent $7.2 billion federal grant.

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