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Google expands free Wi-Fi in The Dalles

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THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Google is spending another $50,000 to expand free Wi-Fi in The Dalles, where it has a large data center.

The company, which made the announcement Saturday, was the first of several large data centers now operating in Oregon.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that the tax breaks that helped draw Google to The Dalles are worth more than $20 million annually, but the company's presence generates franchise fees that increase the city's general fund revenue by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

Google says the Wi-Fi project represents a shared commitment to making The Dalles a city of the future.

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