Students in Columbus, Neb., are receiving internet information a lot faster than their counterparts across the state—thanks to a deal the city made with the area's cable company two years ago.

Columbus schools are the first in the state to receive fiber-optic cable at their facilities, according to an Associated Press report—a benefit that gives the schools internet access many times faster than the phone line hookups they had.

As part of a franchise agreement signed in June 1998, the city required Columbus Cable TV to install a fiber-optic network connecting the city's schools.

"Now, if everyone...

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