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Dozens of Northland Libraries Getting Internet Upgrades

Created: 02/09/2014 10:05 AM WDIO.com

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — More than 300 libraries around Wisconsin, including dozens in the northwest, will be receiving new high-speed Internet connections this year, allowing more patrons to surf the web without slowing down the experience for others.

An HTR Media report says the libraries are being upgraded to fiber-optic connections.  Libraries receiving upgrades include those in the Northern Waters Library System, which includes facilities in Superior and 28 other northwestern Wisconsin communities.

Library officials say the upgrade will make patrons happy, and will also simplify the process of maintaining hardware.

Cherilyn Stewart is the director of the Manitowoc Public Library. She says the current system has multiple routers that are complicated to maintain. She says the new system will eliminate those issues, and will also provide increased bandwidth.

The cost to upgrade from copper to fiber-optic infrastructure is being paid in part by the state's Technology for Educational Achievement program.

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Information from: HTR Media

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