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Pavlov Media Expands Chicago Colocation Facility to 10 Gigabit Capability

Champaign, IL - Pavlov Media announces the company’s Chicago Colocation facility is now fully 10Gigabit capable.  The expansion from one Gigabit to 10 Gigabit capability means the company is able to offer Gigabit (1,000)Mbps and higher speeds across a broader range of the nation.

East Central Illinois Website Offers Trove of Local Events, Maps

A website in east central Illinois is creating buzz about local public events and entertainment.

Webinar: Highlighting Successful Midwestern Broadband Fiber Projects
Successful fiber initiatives in the midwest and specifically Illinois will be topics of discussion at two webinars hosted by Broadband Illinois and Broadband Communities Magazine. This is the first of the two.
Mayor Emanuel, Comcast Announce Chicago's Internet Essentials Enrollment
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO Wendy DuBoe, along with civic and community leaders, today kicked off the third year of the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Through this program, the number of low-income Chicago families who now have broadband connection at home doubled to 14,000 as part of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families.  The partnership also established “Internet Essentials Learning Zones,” which brings community based organizations together to eliminate the digital divide.
Broadband Communities Conference Agenda, Speakers, Webinar Details Released

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Sept. 12, 2013 -- Successful fiber initiatives in the midwest and specifically Illinois will be topics of discussion at two upcoming webinars hosted by Broadband Illinois and Broadband Communities Magazine.

SeniorLink in Belleville Offers Computer Classes
Seniors in Belleville have a place to go to learn just about anything they need to know when it comes to computers and the internet.
Upcoming Webinars To Feature Midwest and Illinois Fiber Projects
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Sept. 4, 2013 -- Broadband enthusiasts are invited to save the date and register for two upcoming webinars on Midwest and Illinois fiber projects, hosted by Broadband Illinois and Broadband Communities Magazine.
Gov. Quinn Awards $1.5 Million to Carbondale Area as Part of Gigabit Communities Challenge
Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Friday that the Carbondale area will receive a $1.5 million boost to build an ultra high-speed broadband infrastructure.
Provider Spotlight: iTV-3 Expanding Fiber to the Home Service in Central Illinois
It’s no secret that the rising popularity in home video streaming has taken a piece of the home entertainment pie from video retail stores. But Family Video, a central Illinois based video rental chain, isn’t fighting the tides of technology – it’s embracing it.
AT&T Invests Nearly $625 Million in Illinois Wireless and Wireline Networks
In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $625 million in its wireless and wired networks in Illinois.  The investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems across the state as a part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks.  The company also expanded and enhanced its 4G LTE** network, which provides ultra-fast mobile Internet speeds, and deployed new Wi-Fi hot spots. 
Macomb Food Co-op Launches Online Marketplace

The Macomb Food Co-op plans to soon offer locally produced meats, eggs, and produce through an on-line market.

“We will be offering this service in September, hopefully. It takes six to eight weeks to get the whole system up and running,” said Jean Davenport, Macomb Food Co-op Outreach Coordinator and Americorps VISTA Volunteer through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.

PCI Seeking Candidates for New Executive Director
Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI), the state’s broadband initiative, is searching for a new executive director to lead the nonprofit high-speed internet advocacy group into the future.
UC2B Network Set To Create New Nonprofit Agency, Expand Community Buildout
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, July 30, 2013 -- Planned changes in the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband network (UC2B) will allow for expansion to more homes and lessen the potential burden on local taxpayers, according to city and university representatives. 
Thomasboro residents turn out to hear about new broadband offerings

THOMASBORO — Volo Broadband hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public demonstration for its Digital Water fiber broadband services Saturday afternoon at Thomasboro Fire Stations

USDA Rural Development Offers Information on Statewide Grant Opportunities
Representatives from USDA Rural Development on Wednesday convened a round-table discussion to spread the word about various broadband and telecommunication grant opportunities.
Drew Clark to Step Down as Broadband Illinois Executive Director, Housewright Named Interim
The Partnership for a Connected Illinois announced today that Drew Clark, Executive Director of the non-profit State Broadband Initiative entity in the Land of Lincoln for the past three and a half years, will resign effective August 1, 2013.
FirstNet Discussed at First Alcatel-Lucent Public Safety Seminar
Alcatel-Lucent on Thursday held the first in a series of seminars to help educate providers, partners and stakeholders on FirstNet, NTIA’s nationwide campaign to improve communication technology for public safety services.
Rural Illinois Clinic Starts Telepractice Program, Offers Community Services
NEWTON, Illinois, July 17, 2013 -- Children with special needs in Southeast Central Illinois now have access to better care thanks to a high-speed internet connection and an innovative speech language pathologist. 
Eureka College Upgrading Internet Connection
EUREKA — When Eureka College students return to campus in August, they’ll find broadband Internet as they start to hit the books.
Alcatel-Lucent Events to Explore FirstNet, Cloud Technology
FirstNet and the transition into what’s being called the Personal Cloud Era is the focus of two events led by Alcatel-Lucent July 17 and 18 in Naperville.
New Broadband Illinois Report Examines High-Speed Pricing Across State

A new report from Broadband Illinois sheds new light on how prices of residential broadband vary across different speed tiers and geographic locations through Illinois. The 37-page report analyzes the pricing for various broadband speed options and subscription plans across Illinois during the May 2013 timeframe.

Discount Extended for Broadband Communities Conference in Chicagoland

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 9, 2013 – Time is running out to save on registration costs for the upcoming Broadband Communities Economic Development Regional Conference in Chicagoland on November 5-7, 2013. 

Broadband Illinois Launches New Regional Website for Communities, Stakeholders

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 8, 2013 -- Regional updates on the latest broadband news, events, maps and demographic information are all part of a revamped website, announced today by Broadband Illinois. 

Newsletter: Broadband Communities Comes to Chicagoland, IllinoisWiFi App, more
Broadband Illinois newsletter for Monday, July 8
IllinoisWiFi App to be Discussed at Digital Advocacy Webinar
Details on a new Broadband Illinois mobile application that will help users locate public Wi-Fi hotspots in Illinois will be divulged for the first time during a webinar Tuesday.

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