Google to Expand Wi-Fi Signal in Council Bluffs

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By Aaron Hepker

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Google will invest an additional $50,000 into its public wireless Internet service to cover more of Council Bluffs.

Google announced the plan to expand its Wi-Fi network near its data center in Council Bluffs on Tuesday.

Google's existing Wi-Fi network already provides high-speed Internet connections across downtown Council Bluffs, the Mid-America Center and the city's recreational complex. That network was built with a $154,462 Google grant.

The expansion in 2013 will provide Wi-Fi service to the interior of Council Bluffs City Hall and the new River's Edge Park.

Chris Russell, who runs Google's data center in Council Bluffs, says the company is happy to provide Internet access to the surrounding community.

Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan says Google has been a great corporate partner.

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