Quinn Touts Success of Downstate Broadband Project

Published 08/01 2014 08:36PM

Updated 08/01 2014 09:00PM

NORMAL - Illinois now has 1,000 more miles of high-speed broadband internet.

Governor Pat Quinn made the announcement on the illinois state university campus Friday. Equipment operators, technicians, splicers, laborers and electricians have worked over the last four years to put the fiber optic cables across 55 counties.

Illinois spent $100 million on the project to help schools, libraries, and small businesses cut their costs.

"It's important that we salute the university for its leadership, for many, many years and making sure that information and opportunity are available to everybody,” said Quinn.

Quinn says the fiber optic system has created hundreds of jobs and soon could be pivotal for developing "tele-medicine."

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