News from past year

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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
FCC Raises E-Rate Cap Despite Opposition

The new order went into effect after a 3-2 vote at a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, and means that next year, school districts are more likely to receive support for on-campus Internet connections.

Frontier Communications Helps Propel Carbondale into Gigabit City Status
Frontier announces Carbondale as a Gigabit City, High speed internet over 50 times faster
Ignoring AT&T and Verizon protests, FCC says “broadband” has to be 10Mbps

ISPs that accept government subsidies must offer at least 10Mbps instead of 4.

Farmers, Ag Tech Providers Strike Big Data Agreement

A meticulously negotiated agreement outlines areas of concern that will guide cooperation and evolution over the next four to five years.

How cheap does the Internet have to be to get everyone online?
FCC estimates a 10% increase in adoption with a 15% decrease in cost
Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet
Do you feel the same?
Celebrating Computer Science Education Week, Kids Code at the White House
President Obama codes with area students to kick-off computer science education week
Mobile Health Faces a Bumpy Road in Rural California
Mobile healthcare faces many struggles-- terrain, education, and poverty 
Walgreen's App Makes Virtual Doctor Visits a Reality
Rather video chat with your doc about what ails you? No problem, says Walgreens.
What the heck is 5G? The mobile world is just as unsure as we are
The future of 4G
2015 New Year's Resolution: Remove Public Broadband Handcuffs
In order for municipal broadband to grow, barriers need removed
$6.4 Billion to be Spent on Civic Tech in 2015, Report Says

New analysis says the rise of the civic tech market has grown roots, and its growth with be 14 times faster than traditional government IT spending at the state and local levels.

Cuomo’s $500m broadband push to start in January
New York's Governor announces $500 million broadband expansion program
A unified 20-year history of the radically changing way we relate to the Web
A brief look at the history and evolution of the Internet
These IL Schools Made a List of the 50 Most Innovative Computer Science Programs
Four Illinois schools made the list
FirstNet: Is Opting Out an Option?

Myriad factors and unknowns cloud the question for now

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