News from past year
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- FCC Prepares to Vote on E-Rate Overhaul
- Michele Molnar, McClatchy News Service, Jul 9, 2014
- 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
- Pew Research Internet Project, Jul 3, 2014
Experts say liberty online is challenged by nation-state crackdowns, surveillance, pressures of commercialization of the Internet.
- Experts Discuss 4 Major Barriers to Telehealth Adoption
- Brian Heaton, Government Technology, Jun 27, 2014
While technology has reached a level where high-quality virtual consultations with physicians can take place, policy issues have slowed the expansion of telehealth practices in the U.S.
- Ag Leader Technology Meets Dirt in Illinois
- Leah Guffey, AgWired, Jun 26, 2014
- Blog post from Leah Guffey at AgWired- The Technology Meets Dirt Road Tour is showing off the latest precision technology by visiting Illinois farms this summer.
- Broadband Manufacturing Comes To Chicago’s South Suburbs
- Jun 23, 2014
- Triton Manufacturing and Connectivity Resources Incorporated have entered into an agreement to manufacture, assemble, market and sell passive connectivity products used in broadband networks.
- Depression, Seniors and the Internet
- Lindsay, IL Technology Partnership NewsBlog, Jun 18, 2014
- A six-year study found that retired adults over 50 who regularly use the Internet were 33 percent less likely to be depressed than those who never spent time on the Web.
- The State of U.S. Broadband: Is It Competitive? Are We Falling Behind?
- Everett Ehrlich, Progressive Policy Institute, Jun 12, 2014
- Advocates for new regulation of the U.S. broadband Internet base their case on the related contentions that (i) our nation lags behind the rest of the world in quality, price, and deployment of broadband, and (ii) the market for U.S. broadband service is not competitive.
- Illinois beats U.S., lags neighbors in tech job gains
- John Pletz, May 14, 2014
- Illinois outpaced the nation in tech-job growth last year, but several of our neighboring states grew faster.
- Frontier Communications’ 3 Year Investment in Illinois Tops $211 million
- Frontier Communications, Apr 30, 2014
Frontier Communications announced the company’s three year investment to advance high speed internet service in Illinois surpassed $211 million including $72.2 million in 2013
- Agricultural Tech Links iPads, Tractors
- Lindsay, Illinois Technology Partnership NewsBlog, Apr 29, 2014
- Illinois tech firm brings technology to farming-- collecting and reporting data ranging from field productivity to a tractor’s levels of fuel, oil and coolant.
- Illinois County Magazine Features Broadband Illinois
- Apr 8, 2014
- Volume One, Issue One of the new "Illinois County" Magazine published by the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners features Broadband Illinois...
- Chicago Gigabit Challenge Takes Big Step Forward
- Nathan Woodside, Feb 13, 2014
- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced that his office has issued a request for qualifications from potential vendors in a plan to bring affordable gigabit-speed service to seven designated “innovation zones” around the city.
- Event Marks Completion of iFiber Broadband Project
- Roxana Ryan, Feb 6, 2014
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Rock Valley College Atrium
in the Student Center, 301 N. Mulford Rd, Rockford.
Dr. John L. Lewis, Board Chairman of the Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber), and others associated with the project will give brief remarks.
- PCI Releases 2013 Annual Report
- Nathan Woodside, Jan 31, 2014
- It was another active and productive year for Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) in 2013, as efforts to expand high-speed Internet access, fuel economic development and bridge the digital divide continued throughout Illinois.
- West Central eTeam Meeting, Tech Summit, Highlight Advancement in Region
- Clayton Black, Jan 31, 2014
- The third annual Western Illinois Technology Summit last Thursday in Carthage served as an opportunity for the Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) West Central eTeam to reflect on successes and look ahead to future and current opportunities.
- Western Illinois Technology Summit Scheduled for Jan. 23
- Nathan Woodside, Jan 16, 2014
- Western Illinois Technology Services Inc. will host a third annual technology summit on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Sullivan & Son Auction, just south of Carthage on Highway 336.
- Frontier to Receive $1.6 Million in Funding for Illinois From FCC Connect America Fund
- Dana Berkes, public relations manager, Dec 16, 2013
- BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Dec. 13, 2013 – Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) announced today that $1.6 million will be available from the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) to continue the build-out of its broadband network in Illinois.
- Monticello Issues RFP for Fiber Network Operator
- Roxana Ryan, Dec 16, 2013
An intergovernmental consortium which includes Piatt County, the City of Monticello, the Monticello CUSD #25, and the Allerton Library owns a fiber-optic backbone structure that provides high speed connectivity to the four government entities.
- East Central Illinois Broadband Summit Held in Mattoon
- Nathan Woodside, Dec 10, 2013
- More than 60 broadband internet providers, stakeholders and economic development officials convened in Mattoon on Thursday for the 4th annual East Central Illinois Broadband Summit.
- Provider Spotlight: Network Business Systems, Inc
- Roxana Ryan, Dec 4, 2013
- 1. Tell us about your business. What inspired you to start your business? How is your business successful? What makes it unique? ----NBS is a full service WISP, starting in business as a software designer and consultant in 1991. We started the WISP in 1999 due to the lack of high speed internet in our rural area, and since have acquired either completely or partially 7 smaller WISPS and one webhosting company. We employ 9 full time employees, have a network of 80 water towers, grain legs, private and commercial towers covering 18 counties. We serve over 1600 residential and commercial users, including several public schools.
- Provider Spotlight: Mediacom
- Roxana Ryan, Dec 3, 2013
- For over 15 years, Mediacom, the nation’s 7th largest cable provider has built a successful track record as the local provider of choice for consumers seeking the fastest Internet service, value-added phone service and cable TV with the most free HD channels.
- Lifeline Partner Spotlight: Citizen's Utility Board
- Roxana Ryan, Nov 19, 2013
- The Citizens Utility Board, or CUB, is Illinois’ premier consumer advocate for the Land of Lincoln’s telecom, natural gas, and electricity customers. CUB, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit group, was created by the Illinois Legislature to advocate for consumers and offer them free services across Illinois—from Chicago to Cairo.
- Halstead, Staff Address Illinois Delegates at BBC Breakfast
- Nathan Woodside, Nov 8, 2013
- The Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) convened nearly 100 of the state’s top stakeholders, government officials and providers for breakfast amid the Broadband Communities economic development conference in Tinley Park on Wednesday.
- Illinois-based Highlights, Initiatives at Next Week's Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference
- Roxana Ryan, Nov 1, 2013
- SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Nov. 1, 2013 -- Illinois will be well-represented at the Broadband Communities Regional Economic Development conference series next week in Tinley Park. See below for Illinois-specific program highlights!
- Halstead Named Executive Director of Partnership for a Connected Illinois
- Nathan Woodside, Oct 31, 2013
- Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) announced this week that Phillip Halstead has been named the organization’s executive director.
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