News tagged with Digital Divide

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.

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.

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.
Tech Classes at Six Mile Regional Library District Help Bridge Digital Divide
A new educational program at the Six Mile Regional Library District in Granite City is helping to bridge the digital divide among senior citizens in the area.
Connect2Compete Launches National Campaign to Increase Digital Literacy
Nonprofit organzation Connect2Compete has announced the launch of a national campaign aimed at increasing digital literacy throughout the nation.
Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network Bridges Digital Divide in Rural Areas
Broadband Illinois interviewed Scott Genung, Director of Telecommunications and Networking at Illinois State University, on the progress and goals of the Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network (CIRBN). The network, based out of Normal, is a federally funded project designed to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to community anchor institutions (CAIs) and communities throughout Central Illinois. CIRBN will serve rural communities as well as K-12 school districts, healthcare, public safety, government, not-for-profit, and commercial institutions. The project is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2013!
Working to Get Illinois Using Broadband
Broadband is about more than wires and fiber, it’s about connecting people to better lives though better opportunities. Observers have long recognized that we must address the needs of those who have not yet migrated to the digital age—If we are not careful, they will be the digital have-nots. While 97 percent of Americans have access to telephone service, adoption of broadband remains at 69 percent. Illinois has kept exactly in line with this nationwide rate, but that means we still fall behind 23 other states.
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Announces 2012 Digital Divide Grant

Residents of eligible Illinois communities can receive access to high-speed Internet, technology training, and more as part of the 2012 Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant, sponsored by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  Grant applications will be accepted through March 16. 

FCC and private companies aim to shrink digital divide
The federal government announced a major effort for its initiative to get low-income students and families low-cost computers and high-speed Internet this week.
Comcast offers low-cost Internet to low-income Illinois families
In an effort to bridge the digital divide, Comcast is offering discounted Internet service, affordable computers and training on how to use them to qualifying low-income families in school districts across the country.
CenturyLink offers Internet classes for low-income
CenturyLink Inc. is introducing CenturyLink Internet Basics to improve and promote broadband adoption and use by low-income consumers in Galesburg.
Bringing Broadband to All Americans
Although new devices/phones, the economy, and jobs seem to dominate the headlines, the Federal Communications Commission remains focused on a key priority of the Obama Administration: making sure broadband Internet is available and adopted by all Americans. Developments in the last week point toward bigger policy decisions expected by the end of October.
Howard, PCI’s Benton honored for ushering in a new era of Illinois Broadband supremacy

In an age when seniors might get looks of pity from younger tech heads hanging by the Apple Store, you might not realize that one woman who will turn 70 next year has been a prime mover in getting Illinois wired for the 21st Century. Rep. Constance A. Howard (D-34th) of the Illinois General Assembly was honored Wednesday evening for her long record of accomplishment and efforts to close the digital divide and beef up the state’s broadband network. Howard led a panel of five state and federal political leaders as part of the Central Illinois Broadband Summit, held at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and hosted by Broadband Illinois.

Library technology grants aimed at jobs
Freeport is among 41 libraries and community college learning resource centers that will share in a nearly $1 million grant awarded to the Illinois State Library to enhance broadband computer access to citizens across Illinois.
Broadband Illinois to Stream eChicago Events Live

The Partnership for a Connected Illinois will sponsor the live internet streaming and archival recording of the eChicago events in Chicago this week. The stream can be viewed at

Second Webinar Added Wednesday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is announcing the release of the Fiscal Year 2011 Request for Application (RFA) for the Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant Program (EDD). 

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