News from past year

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On National Rural Health Day, USDA Announces $23.4 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants for 75 Projects in 31 States
Springfield, Illinois based St. John's Hospital chosen to receive funds to provide teleconferencing equipment to three rural hospitals.
AMA Again Delays Ruling on Telemedicine Ethics

The decision leaves state medical boards and providers in limbo, while delegates debate the definition of a valid doctor-patient encounter.

An “All of the Above” Approach to Rural Broadband
Illinois Representative John Shimkus writes in support of broadband and telemedicine in rural Ilinois communities.
CMS Finalizes Medicare Payment Model With Telehealth Implications

The Growing Trend of Telemedicine
Walgreens Announces New Digital Health Initiatives; Expands Access to Enhanced MDLIVE Live Doctor Consultation Offering to 20 Additional States

Walgreens Connect app powered by Qualcomm Life enables Balance® Rewards members to automatically earn points when using Well at Walgreens Bluetooth blood glucose and blood pressure devices

Company discusses new programs and overall telehealth strategy at mHealth Summit

PCI Announces Refined Direction
PCI to focus on Illinois Telehealth Initiative

1871 Works with Wolf Point Advisors to Develop Unique Solution; Members Able To Sign Up For Coverage Beginning November 15; Alumni Companies Will Be Eligible; Major Step Forward in Advancing the Interests of Startups in Chicago
Frontier Communications Offers Small Business Customers a “Price for Life”

Budget certainty is critical for small business owners and operators

UBI Global Names 1871 One Of The Top University-Affiliated Business Incubators In North America Following Its Survey Of Over 400 Incubators Across 70 Countries
Pat Quinn, Former Governor of Illinois, to Keynote AnchorNETS Conference

Pat Quinn, the former Governor of Illinois, will participate as a Keynote Speaker at the inaugural “AnchorNETS: Broadband Summit for Schools, Health and Libraries” November 16 & 17 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

PCI Founding Chairman Charles Benton Departs This Life
On April 29, 2015, Benton, 84, died at his home in Evanston from complications from renal cancer.
PCI Launches Telehealth Crowdfunding Campaign
Organization looks to fund the Illinois Telehealth Initiative
School sending Internet home with the students
Paper, pencils and textbooks won’t cut it anymore. Bloomington District 87 offers home Internet access to low-income students.
Broadband Illinois participates in 1871's TGIF
Deputy Director Laura Lane demos the Find & request Broadband Tools
Broadband Illinois Releases Updated Residential Broadband Pricing Study
Broadband availability increased statewide, higher speeds and lower prices a result
Technology to Close Distance Between Foster Children, Therapists in Rural Kansas

Nearly 550 foster families will receive iPads equipped with a video conferencing system that allows children to talk with counselors in a private chat room.

Did the National Broadband Plan spur innovation?
A reflection on the impact of the National Broadband Plan
FACT SHEET: Next Steps in Delivering Fast, Affordable Broadband
The White House announces plans to increase provider competition, expand offerings, and create the Broadband Opportunity Council
National Broadband Map has Helped Chart Broadband Evolution
The impact of the National Broadband Plan over the last five years
Press Release: NTIA Announces Second Phase of Funding for State and Local Implementation Grant Program
NTIA releases second installment of FirstNet funding
Proposed Illinois budget threatens digital literacy program
IL state budget proposal would eliminate funding for computer training courses
Livestock Lost? There's an App for That

The Herdsman mobile application allows farmers to track livestock from remote locations and receive alerts if the animals go outside a set boundary.

White House Launches Website Analytics Dashboard

A new analytics dashboard allows citizens a window into 300-plus federal agency websites.

Farmers of the Future Will Utilize Drones, Robots and GPS

Self-driving machinery and flying robots able to automatically survey and treat crops will become commonplace on farms that practice what’s come to be called precision agriculture.

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