SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – Private companies AT&T and Verizon are ramping up wireless access in Illinois, while government funding has slowed this year, according to a broadband interest group. 

Lindsay Mosher, executive director of the Illinois Technology Partnership, says in the last 15 months, the state has seen more than $769 million in broadband network investment, carrying a potential of more than 15,000 new jobs.

“Most recently,” says Mosher, “we’ve seen an influx of investments in Illinois’ 4G networks. More than 60 towns in Illinois now have 4G access.” 4G refers to the fastest wireless access available.

Mosher says today’s college students are growing up simply expecting they will be able to go online anywhere, using a smartphone, probably bypassing the World Wide Web in favor of apps. She says it’s important for government and small business to keep up.

Copyright KMOX/IRN


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