News from past year

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Network Could Put City in Online Fast-Lane
Jacksonville in talks to update broadband network, possibly become a gigabit city
New Year, New Threats: Electronic Health Record Cyberattacks

The recent flood of cyberattacks means that hackers are relentless and more sophisticated than ever before.

State of the Union: Ready for bipartisan cyber action
This should be the year that significant bipartisan progress is made on cybersecurity legislation, with new laws set to pass on issues ranging from data breach notification to sharing sensitive cyber intelligence between the public and private sectors. In fact, since President Obama and Republican congressional leaders can't agree on much else, cybersecurity action is moving to center stage.
State Says 80 Percent of Mainers 'Unserved' by Broadband

The ConnectME Authority, which oversees the state’s broadband service, on Friday adopted a new standard to define adequate service levels.

President Obama Announces Plans for Next-Generation Broadband Connectivity
Announcement means better connectivity and less red-tape for Illinois and the United States
9 Things Computers Can do Now That They Couldn't do a Year Ago
2014 had its fair share of "firsts" in hardware, software, and robotics
Obama aims to unleash broadband boost
In visit to Iowa, President Obama will push to end laws that limit Internet coverage
Research Study Shows NTIA Broadband Grants Provided Billions in Economic Benefits
NTIA review of economic impact resulting from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act monies
Broadband Illinois Welcomes Governor Bruce Rauner
PCI participates in inauguration activities
CES 2015: Robots Can Teach a Kindergartner to Code

The robots, Dash and Dot, are designed for kids ages 5 to 12 to work in conjunction with an app to teach the "fundamental ideas of programming."

FCC Commissioner to Tech Industry: It’s Time to Reinvent Textbooks, Teaching

After increasing spending by $1.5 billion on Internet broadband projects for schools FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel asks the tech industry to innovate for education.

The Future of Medicine Is in Your Smartphone

New tools are tilting health-care control from doctors to patients

FCC Chairman Wheeler Hints at Shift in Net Neutrality Rules

On Wednesday, Wheeler suggested that he would propose rules next month that would treat broadband Internet service providers as utilities subject to more intense regulation than they have been in the past.

Only 25Mbps and up will qualify as broadband under new FCC definition

Broadband not being deployed “in a reasonable and timely fashion," Wheeler says.

Investment in Digital Health Surges

In 2014, investment in digital-health companies grew 93 percent, outpacing that of biotechnology and medical devices.

Apps Everywhere, but No Unifying Link
Webpage navigation has been simplified, but now apps need to follow
9 Maps that Explained the Internet in 2014
From subscription rates to barries to municipal broadband networks, here is a look at the state of all things Internet across the globe
School Buses add WiFi to Bring Internet to Homes of Poor Students
Equally as important to school connectivity, students need to be connected at home
Does Comcast Really Reach Out to Poor People?
Big Internet providers provide subsidized service to the most needy population
The Year of Community and Municipal Gigabit Broadband
Former PCI executive director, Drew Clark, reflects on broadband in 2014 and touts PCI's accomplishments.
Gigabit or GigaWhat? There is Work to Do Regarding Ultra-Broadband Services
Is Gigabit service necessary for most Americans?
Year in Review: Making Sense of 2014

2014 may not have been the year, but there are definitive signs that we’re pointed in the right direction.

Broadband coverage strong across rural Illinois
Strong broadband coverage across Illinois means more productive farmers
Fantastic Voyage: Tiny Sensors May Soon Monitor Seniors’ Medicines From Inside
Ingestible monitoring devices could be the future of healthcare
High Tech Coming to Highland
Squarefruit Labs, maker of next generation 3-D printers, wins
$15,000 Highland Gigabit Challenge

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