Money Goes Towards Building Southern Illinois Broadband

Illinois officials will invest $1.5 million to build what Gov. Pat Quinn calls an "ultra-high-speed" broadband network in southern Illinois.
Officials say the deal among Frontier North Inc., the city of Carbondale, Southern Illinois University and Connect SI will create a gigabit network used by residents, businesses and other organizations.
The money is coming from Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The gigabit network is up to 100 times faster than speeds currently available.
Quinn says it will help recruit news business to the region and enable SIU's "scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs to connect globally."
Quinn says he's invested more than $71 million in broadband infrastructure throughout the state as part ofIllinois Jobs Now!, along with $214 million in federal money.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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