Finalists chosen to build Minneapolis wireless Internet network

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Earthlink and U.S. Internet were chosen as the finalists for a plan to cover Minneapolis with a wireless Internet network.

The Star Tribune reported that the two companies were asked to provide a pilot program. A full city-wide network could be in place by late 2007 or early 2008.

The winner will finance the costs of building the network, estimated at about $22 million. Charges for home users will probably be about $20 a month.