Arlington County in Virginia has selected Internet Service Provider EarthLink to build a wireless broadband network based on wireless fidelity (WiFi) technology.

The network will cover 26 square miles of the county and the city of Arlington just outside of Washington, D.C.

The county board must still approve the contract at a meeting on April 28.

If approved, the contract would be the latest in a series of WiFi contracts won by EarthLink.

"Arlington County officials recognized the potential of wireless technology when it began deploying hot spots in-and-around government buildings in late 2004, and this agreement with EarthLink fulfills their WiFi vision by delivering a countywide network for all residents and businesses to use and enjoy," said Donald Berryman, executive vice president of EarthLink and president of its municipal networks unit.