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Kenosha County could get free wireless next year

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha County has been chosen to possibly get free wireless broadband as early as December 2011.

County Executives of America chose Kenosha along with 11 others in the nation to receive the first round of free broadband. The others are almost all large urban areas.

The group, which is made up of chief elected officials from almost 700 counties, has applied for $122 million in federal stimulus money to help launch the effort, with wireless provider M2Z Networks as the system developer.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the money depends on whether the Federal Communications Commission approves auctioning off wireless airwaves for free broadband. A decision is expected by Sept. 30.

Proponents say it could stimulate economic development. Critics include telecommunications companies that have spent billions of dollars creating broadband networks.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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