"We want to have world-class, high-speed networks everywhere in Illinois -- especially in our rural communities." -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (pictured)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday announced a partnership between the state of Illinois, local governments, Norlight Telecommunications, Motorola and Royell Communications to bring high-speed Internet to Macoupin and Montgomery counties. "We want to have world-class, high-speed networks everywhere in Illinois - especially in our rural communities," said Quinn in a statement. Quinn went on to say that broadband is necessary for public safety, education and healthcare, as well as business growth in the state. Quinn's "Illinois Jobs Now" public works program includes $50 million for broadband deployment, which will help Illinois leverage federal broadband grant and loan program