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US Ignite Summit Demos Next-Gen Applications, Convenes Tech and Community Leaders

CHICAGO, July 3, 2013 – The future of the internet isn’t just another social network or addicting game. It’s about making our society better, safer, smarter and more productive with next-generation applications running on ultra-fast gigabit connections. 

Community Connect Grant Application Deadline Nears
The application deadline for a grant opportunity to establish broadband internet availability in underserved rural areas is quickly approaching.
Broadband Communities Regional Conference Comes to Chicagoland
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 1, 2013 -- Broadband has played a key role in the innovation-driven economic rebound in Illinois and the role of high-speed internet will be front and center at an upcoming event on economic development in Chicagoland.  
Southland Fiber-Optic Project Moves Ahead
Faster communication and more bandwidth that could benefit Southland communities, schools and libraries are envisioned as the next phase of fiber-optic cable installation gets under way.
Escape Locally Website Promotes Local Tourism, Services, Business

Booking an all-inclusive weekend getaway complete with hiking, wine tasting, luxury cabins and family fun is easier (and closer) than you think thanks to a new local tourism website created by a Carbondale man.

Ag Students Embrace New Broadband Technologies
The face of agriculture is changing with the advancement of internet technology, and Illinois' future farmers appear to be more than willing to embrace it.
How Next-Gen Apps are Changing Society for the Better
The race to build ultra high-speed gigabit networks is on. From Kansas City to Chattanooga, everyone’s talking about “getting to a gig.” But what will we do with all that speed and why do we need it?
Newsletter: US Ignite Application Summit, Agriculture Tech, more
Read the recent newsletter from Broadband Illinois including articles about the upcoming US Ignite Summit, Next-Gen Apps, and more!
Fishin' Buddies App Connects Chicago Youth With Nature
Fishin’ Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing urban children to the outdoors through conservation and environmental education programs was awarded $49,000 through the Illinois Broadband Innovation fund to further its mission through mobile technology.
Summit to Demonstrate Next-Gen, Gigabit Applications
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, JUNE 13, 2013 – You’ve heard all the talk about gigabit networks, but what can we actually do with all that speed? Find out at the US Ignite Application Summit.
Newsletter: ConnectED Announced, Taylorville Fiber To The Home, More
ConnectED Announced, Taylorville Fiber To The Home, Warren County Virtual Museum, more
MTC Communications Boosts Agriculture Education at WIU
Learning capabilities at Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture has received a major boost thanks to MTC Communications.
Broadband in the News: Lt. Governor expands virtual legal clinic
CARBONDALE – May 24, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced the expansion of her virtual legal clinic program to The Cairo Women’s Shelter today. The program connects survivors of domestic violence with lawyers for a free legal consultation using webcams and high-speed Internet technology. 
Fiber to the Home Coming to Taylorville
Installation of a fiber to the home network with some of the highest capable speeds in the nation will begin later this month in Taylorville.
Warren County Virtual Museum to Merge History, Technology, Community
Technology, history and education will converge in Monmouth with the creation of the Warren County Virtual Museum, powered by an open-source web application.
Inaugural Broadband Telemedicine Summit Convenes Top Healthcare Technology Authorities
Broadband Illinois convened the inaugural Broadband Telemedicine Summit on Monday, May 20, bringing together healthcare leaders, government officials and broadband enthusiasts from three states to discuss how high-speed internet is revolutionizing the medical industry.
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Holds Broadband Adoption Seminars
Through the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, a grant administered by Broadband Illinois, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission conducted 12 seminars last week aimed at using high-speed internet to boost business.
Comcast Activates Nearly 100 WiFi Hotspots in Springfield
Comcast this week announced it has activated nearly 100 Wifi hotspots around the city of Springfield.
Newsletter: Study Examines Usage, PrairieSpark E-Hub Launches, and More
In a multi-faceted survey released earlier this month by Broadband Illinois, Illinois households rated fiber-optic internet connections highest in terms of speed, reliability and value. However, households in rural and isolated areas of Illinois are almost four times as likely to have a dial-up connection.
NTIA: State Broadband Initiatives Need To Demonstrate Value of Mapping, Planning Efforts
Demonstrating the importance of broadband planning and mapping at the statewide and local levels is the key priority for the the remaining 18 months of the state broadband initiative program, said Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA).
Expert Panel to Discuss Healthcare Needs and Challenges at Broadband Telemedicine Summit
The opening panel of the Broadband Telemedicine Summit, set for May 20 in St. Louis, Mo., will feature experts who will discuss healthcare needs and challenges faced in the advancement and adoption of telemedicine.
Survey of Illinois Households Examines Broadband Usage, Benefits, Barriers

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, April 22, 2013 – In a multi-faceted survey released earlier this month by Broadband Illinois, Illinois households rated fiber-optic internet connections highest in terms of speed, reliability and value. However, households in rural and isolated areas of Illinois are almost four times as likely to have a dial-up connection. 

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