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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.

Happy 5th Birthday, National Broadband Plan!
An overview of the National Broadband Plan and its success.
Florida Lawmakers Debate Bill to Allow Virtual Medical Visits

Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner is optimistic that her telemedicine measure will pass after deleting controversial payment rules.

Webinar Series: How to Build Your Gigabit Network
A four part webinar series detailing how to build a municipal broadband network. Hosted by Kirton McConkie telecommunications attorneys David Shaw, Shareholder, and Drew Clark, Of Counsel.
Social Media Plays Key Role in Education Policy Debate

A new coalition is coming together on Twitter that is competing to influence politics that influence policy -- and this coalition is gaining the ears of policy makers.

Will Treadmill and Bike Desks Become the New Norm?

Americans are getting fatter, working more and moving less, but technologies like treadmill and bike desks haven't taken off. Will they ever?

Google balloons, “cell towers in the sky,” can serve 4G to a whole state

A single Project Loon balloon can cover an area the size of Rhode Island.

Obama Announces TechHire Initiative
Looking to boost the nation’s stagnant wage growth in an improving economy, President Barack Obama has announced a government initiative to train and develop a home-grown information technology workforce. 
States Turn to Technology to Calculate Prison Sentences

Human error and outdated technology have miscalculated thousands of prison sentences and cost some states millions of dollars.

Broadband Illinois to Host "How to Bring a Gigabit Network to Your City in Illinois"
Successful gigabit city officials will discuss their successes and offer advice
In Kansas City, Superfast Internet And A Digital Divide
Since Google Fiber rolled out gigabit broadband in Kansas City four years ago, residents have enjoyed fast Internet connections, including what locals call "the world's fastest Starbucks."
Apple Watchers Count Down to Apple Watch

The company has pitched the product as its most "personal" and physically interactive yet, but consumers haven't yet warmed to wearable devices already on the market.

Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'
More than 600 Porto city buses and taxis have been fitted with routers to provide free Wi-Fi service. It's being touted as the biggest Wi-Fi-in-motion network in the world.
FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality: What's Next?
By a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new rules on Net neutrality last week. The rules establish the Internet as a utility, but court battles loom before the FCC actions can take effect.
A Victory for Everyone Who Uses the Internet
Net Neutrality: The greatest commitment ever made to preserve and protect open and free Internet
A Victory for Everyone Who Uses the Internet
The greatest commitment ever made to preserve and protect an open and free Internet
What Two Runaway Llamas Taught Us About Net Neutrality
For about two hours today, all the Internet wanted to talk about was the FCC's historic net neutrality decision. (They're in favor of it.) Then, suddenly, all work stopped as the digerati focused their collective attention on two runaway llamas scampering around Phoenix.
How Might 'Robot Journalists' Affect Government?

The public sector may find that this software – that takes massive amounts data and crafts it into a narrative – helps get projects done quicker and at cheaper costs.

Internet of Things Expected to Quadruple in Size by 2020

Cities will be major beneficiaries from growth in the IoT market, according to a report released by Verizon.

High-speed Internet offerings influence Groupon to hire in KC
Groupon is looking to the Kansas City market to boost its workforce, and one of the key factors was the city's abundance of high-speed Internet options.
Illinois Telehealth Initiative Launched to Improve Adoption

Several hospitals and technology companies have come together to start the Illinois Telehealth Initiative.

Illinois Telehealth Initiative looks to improve, expand virtual care
How Partnership for a Connected Illinois is trying to take telehealth statewide
14 Illinois Locations Register to Compete for America's Best Communities’ Title
Deadline for applications March 25, 2015
The Illinois Telehealth Initiative Launches to Aid the Country's Projected Physician Shortage
Illinois Telehealth Initiative launches, strives to bring telehealth to all residents of Illinois. 
HSHS Medical Group to Launch Virtual Care Program for Internet-savvy patients
Virtual doctors appointments to be offered by Memorial Medical Center in April

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