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Grant to boost broadband Internet access

Grant to boost broadband Internet access

Nearly $9 million in borrowed federal dollars and investment from local businesses and government will go toward expanding broadband Internet access in the Madison, Middleton and Monona areas, Gov. Jim Doyle announced Wednesday.

The Metropolitan United Fiber Network project will add about 100 miles of fiber optic line and other Internet infrastructure to help bring broadband to schools, hospitals and businesses, the governor announced in a news release.

Funding for the work is coming from a $5.1 million grant through the federal stimulus act and $3.7 million from local city and school district coffers; UW-Madison; Dane County; Xiocom Wireless, which operates MadCity Broadband; and others.

The work is expected to expand or improve broadband access for up to 47,000 households and 5,000 businesses.

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