ONEIDA COUNTY - With 3G and 4G portable devices, you can get online just about everywhere, unless you have a weak signal.
One Oneida County board supervisor wants to make sure signals are strong across the county.
Today the county board passed a resolution to improve broadband internet access.
Now, the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation will review the current situation.
County Board Supervisor Bob Martini says some areas in Oneida County are below average in speed, adoption and capacity.
But not everyone was in favor of of having the government involved.
"Rhinelander is getting another 4G upgrade coming real soon. Not by an impotent government body, no. It's because they know there's a basis for it. There's a way to make some money at it, so they're doing it," said Oneida County Board Supervisor, Jerry Shidell.
"If I heard right I think Minocqua has the same thing becoming a reality. Let's let the free market do it first instead of the government all the time has to be involved. We don't need that."
Martini feels Oneida County residents can't rely on cell phone provider internet access because not all of the county gets good cell coverage.
"We want to make sure the private sector can take care of what they want to do," Martini said.
"Then look at all those areas that are not covered and see if there's anything we can do cooperatively to make sure we have coverage of all our citizens."
The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation will continue to meet every month to discuss how to increase speed and capacity.
MERRILL - As Linda DeBroux walks through Merrill High School, she can see the halls she helped create.
What started as plain, whitewashed walls now look like an art gallery. For each of the last 13 summers, DeBroux has guided a select group of her art students to create murals to fill the walls.
"When I walk down, I don't just see the painting, I see the student, right there, painting on that wall," she said Wednesday. "I think of all the struggles, the struggle points they had, and parts where they celebrated."
Murals by ten students this week will bring the total to 157 on school walls. Like it does every summer, it will take long days to accomplish the project.
RHINELANDER - Nicolet College offers incoming students a faster way to get through the hassle of the college application process.Wednesday's "Quick Start" day in Rhinelander gave students one-on-one attention with career coaches and college advisors.
Nicolet staff walked students through applications, assessments and financial aid to make sure they don't get overwhelmed.
Career coach Angeline von Neupert said "Quick Start" gives students and staff an opportunity to get to know each other.
"It's really neat to get to know the students individually and kind of walk them through the process. It's cool to come together as a team. We're usually scheduling them and then they come back and go back and forth," said von Neupert
Fall classes start in August. If students missed Quick Start day they can schedule a meeting with a Nicolet College advisor.
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