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Exports growing in Illinois’ high-tech sectors
From 2009 to 2013, goods exports in Illinois have increased 58.8 percent, outpacing the national average of 49.6 percent over the same period. 
Simon welcomes Class of 2025 back to Bloomington Junior High School
Bloomington Junior High offers one-on-one laptop program to all students and internet service to low income students. 
Despite the Latest Creaks, the Internet Isn’t Close to Breaking
The complexity of the Internet is overwhelming some older routers, but these systems can easily be upgraded.
AT&T Incubates Technology to Connect Devices
AT&T is developing technology that allows users to receive calls and messages via smart devices.
Report Ranks Top Open Data States

Six states earn top rankings for their open data policies and portals -- and eight states are at the bottom.

Study: Broadband Boosts Rural Jobs, Income
Study finds benefits of broadband in rural communities, increased jobs and income. 
Frontier Communications Expands Broadband Internet Service in Champaign, Ford and Vermilion Counties Network Expansion Brings Additional Connectivity
Frontier Communications has made advanced broadband technology and faster Internet speeds available to hundreds of additional residences and businesses throughout Illinois.
Kids and Technology: Can We Ever Really Keep Up?
How can parents stay involved with their kids online if parents are being left behind by today's technology?
20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills
Teaching digital literacy is about more than just integrating technology into lesson plans; it’s about using technology to understand and enhance modern communication, to locate oneself in digital space, to manage knowledge and experience in the Age of Information.
Do Google Chromebooks Threaten Apple’s Dominance in Education?

Schools that have purchased Chromebooks versus iPads point to low cost and minimal maintenance requirements as the primary selling points.

States Watching Congress on Internet Access Taxes

Congress is debating whether to extend or make permanent a moratorium on state and local Internet access taxes. The issue could get tied up with a controversial proposal to tax online sales.

Dorm Wi-Fi a Selling Point for Many Universities

Colleges and universities fit dorms with new wireless networks in bid to attract students.

Iowa School District Adds Wi-Fi to Buses

Cardinal Community School District officials say the goal is to transform school buses into locations for learning, by adding wireless Internet and bringing focus to educational apps.

Rural Economies Found to Benefit from Broadband
Study shows rural communities benefit from broadband, increased income and jobs.
U.S. FCC asks if Broadband Should Mean Faster Internet Speeds

New FCC proposal would change how it measures high-speed Internet and require speeds of at least 10 Mbps to qualify as broadband.

Comcast Offers Up To Six Months of Complimentary Internet Service And An Amnesty Program For Low-Income Families

Internet Essential Kicks Off Back to School Season in Georgia with Nationwide, Complimentary
Six-Month Offer, Discounted Computers and Free Digital Literacy Training for Eligible Families.

Comcast Has Now Connected More Than 1.4 Million Low-Income Americans to Internet at Home.

Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Cutting Edge Broadband Network
Gov. Quinn announced completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install more than 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure across 55 Illinois counties.
White House Innovation Day Highlights Disaster Response, Recovery

Emergency managers converged with the tech community to discuss tools that can create more resilient communities.

How the History of Electricity Explains Municipal Broadband
Should the FCC try to preempt state laws that block cities from building out publicly owned Internet infrastructure?
Illinois sees substantial growth in residential broadband connection

New data from the FCC reports that total broadband connections nationwide grew at a compound annual growth rate of 15 percent from  June 2003 to June 2013.

Cook County Helps Close Digital Divide for Low-Income Families
Comcast announces expansion of a new program, “Internet Essentials Learning Lab,” to help close the digital divide in Cook County.
Big Data Fueling Iowa Farmers' Productivity

Drones flying over farm fields recording high resolution images & field sensors providing real-time information on crops are among the tech tools likely to be commonplace in an era of big ag data.

In Partisan Vote, FCC Passes a Modified E-Rate Proposal for Spending Funds on Wi-Fi Connectivity
The FCC voted to modernize of its E-Rate program Friday, reallocating funds from technologies considered obsolete to Wi-Fi based connectivity in schools and libraries.
FCC Prepares to Vote on E-Rate Overhaul
Schools and libraries hungry for faster and more reliably funded Wi-Fi connections will be watching the July 11 open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission closely.
New Threats to Liberty Online

Experts say liberty online is challenged by nation-state crackdowns, surveillance, pressures of commercialization of the Internet.

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