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updated: 1/19/2013 9:32 AM

State invests $1 million in NU Internet service

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- The state of Illinois is investing $1 million to bring ultra-high speed Internet service to the Chicago suburb of Evanston, which is home to about 160 technology startup businesses. Northwestern University will also benefit from the new service.

In a news release, Gov. Pat Quinn says the investment will help Evanston become what is called an Illinois Gigabit Community. Quinn's office says such a move is crucial in developing an "economic innovation corridor" that will attract more entrepreneurs who will create even more jobs in the region.

Quinn's office says the investment will help connect fiber optic gigabit Internet service from downtown Chicago to Evanston, where Northwestern is located.

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