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John Deere Makes an Economic Case for Rural Broadband Expansion
Farmers are getting more tech-savvy and using precision agriculture to increase yeilds. 
10th and Final NTIA Data Submission Complete

National Broadband Map data submission completed, maps updated over coming months

Arizona State University, Starbucks Partner for Online Higher Education

Colleges can't continue doing the same thing they have been for years if they want to help more students graduate. And one university is thinking outside the box.

Law Enforcement Agencies Turn to Technology to Ease Distractions

A consolidated system allows officers to use hand pads similar to joysticks that can be programmed to activate a car’s radio, lights, siren and public address system — often without having to take their eyes off the road

Marriott fined $600,000 by FCC for blocking guests' Wi-Fi
Mariott hotels fined for jamming guests personal wi-fi signals
The Top 10 IT Issues in Higher Ed for 2015

University technology leaders sound off on the issues they will face next year -- issues that highlight three major trends.

Maybe the Internet Isn’t Killing Newspapers After All

Newspaper readership has been falling for decades—long before today’s online journalists were born, and even before some of their parents were born.

HIGHLAND, IL OFFERS TECH STARTUPS CHANCE TO WIN BIG
Highland, IL is offering over $40,000 in cash and prizes to tech-startups.
Missouri Shares Data with Healthy Results

After 10 years of inter-agency data sharing, state officials say they've finally cracked the code, saving millions and improving the health of the mentally ill.

Digital Media & Learning- The Trust Challenge Competition
The Digital Media & Learning Trust Competition is offering $1.2M in awards to projects that address issues of trust in connected learning environments. 
FCC Announces Extended Filing Deadline for Rural Broadband Experiments and Other Information for Applicants
The FCC has extended the deadline for Rural Broadband Experiments.
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE RURAL BROADBAND EXPERIMENTS
FCC announces deadline for Rural Broadband Experiments extended.
Google Balloons Take Flight In Vast Remote Broadband Launch
Google is on track to launch balloons to provide broadband service to remote areas in 2015. 
iOS 8 Users Report Slow Wi-Fi, Battery Drains
Those with iOS 8 devices are reporting Wi-Fi sluggishness and battery-drain issues.
New Voter Registration App for Indiana Residents

The IndianaVoters App enables users to register to vote or confirm their voter registration, find their polling place, look up candidates on their ballot, track their absentee ballot and contact local elected officials.

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands
FCC to review 3.7M comments on net neutrality before moving forward.
Jesse White to focus on Technology and Highway Safety if re-elected
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White detailed his focus in a meeting the State Journal Register staff. 
Illinois Science & Technology Coalition releases 'Illinois Science and Technology Roadmap'
The Illinois Science and Technology Roadmap uses a unique data and analysis approach to identify technology areas where Illinois’ innovation strengths can improve business competitiveness across the state’s diverse industry base.
The Changing Landscape of Innovation in Illinois (SSTI Conference Guest Blog Post)
John Flavin, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Exchange, offers insight on how and why the Illinois economy will continue to grow over the next few years. 
Frontier Communications, DISH team up to support revitalization of small cities with America’s Best Communities Contest
More than $10 million dedicated to support innovation and growth in 50 rural communities over three years. Frontier, DISH challenge communities across America to submit and implement their best plans for future growth and prosperity. Unique financial rewards, support network for small communities to collaborate, initiate change for long-term sustainability. 
What Apple's Big Announcement Means for Government

Larger iPhones, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch will all impact the public sector.

Kids Need to Learn Digital Literacy-- Not How to Code
Using technology is about way more than code.
The Internet of Everything
The "Internet of Everything" is making our lives much easier. 
Best Buy Foundation Accepting Applications for National Youth Technology Program
Deadline: November 1, 2014
F.C.C. to Promote Choices for High-Speed Broadband
Americans lack real choices among providers of high-speed Internet service, FCC Chairman says.

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