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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.

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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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