MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) – When the spring thaw finally arrives, dozens of library users across Wisconsin, many of them in rural communities, will eventually have better access to the Internet. Crews will begin digging to install fiber optic cables that will deliver more bandwidth and faster Internet speeds to library computers. A $4 million grant from the state and local telecommunications companies are paying for the upgrades at about 300 libraries across Wisconsin. The News-Herald Media ( ) says faster Internet speeds and more bandwidth can help library staff become more efficient in cataloging, requesting materials and other basic functions. The funding is being provided by the state’s Technology for Education Achievement, or TEACH, program and local telecommunications companies that provide broadband services to the state through the BadgerNet Converged Network.

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