MARQUETTE (WWJ) – President Barack Obama will travel next Thursday to Marquette, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The White House says the President is making the trip because the city “is a model for other cities” in when it comes wireless technology and long-distance learning.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke Friday with Kristi Evans, a spokesperson for Northern Michigan University.

“Northern is the only university in the United States that operates its own WiMax 4-G wireless network. So, we’ve made national headlines that way because of our use of technology,” Evans said.

“Northern also has a laptop computer program, where we issue laptop computers to all NMU students, fulltime students, as part of tuition and fees. And, so, our WiMax technology taps into that by allowing students who are off-campus in surrounding commutes to access the network wirelessly,” she said.

The White House says the president’s schedule is still being worked out. Details of the trip will be released in the next couple of days.


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