Ala. city leaders work to restore wireless network

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PIEDMONT, Ala. (AP) — Piedmont city leaders are working to restore a free citywide wireless Internet system that was disabled earlier this month.

Officials told the Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/16z75NA ) a federal grant supporting 80 percent of the network's cost ran out over the summer, and the city has also stopped providing funding that covered most of the remaining costs.

The city's school district issued students in grades four through 12 laptops and officials have said the district's education model is based on Internet access. The digitally-based education model has helped earn praise from federal education officials and others.

Mayor Rick Freeman says a line item earmarking funding for the wireless network was accidentally left out of the budget and he hopes to meet with school district officials about the issue next week.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/



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