News from past year

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Ag Leader Technology Meets Dirt in Illinois
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
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
 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?
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
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 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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) announced this week that Phillip Halstead has been named the organization’s executive director.
Annual Regional Broadband Summit in East Central Illinois Set
New developments that may benefit your community, business, school or organization, will be highlighted at the 4th Annual East Central Illinois Broadband Summit.  The event will be Thursday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Education Center of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, Mattoon.
State of Illinois, Manufacturers and Educators Join Forces to Help Veterans Get Skills for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing
GE, the State of Illinois, The Manufacturing Institute, Illinois Manufacturers' Association and Harper College today announced Illinois as the first state to join the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) coalition. The coalition brings together employers, industry leaders, educators and the public sector to help veterans get the skills they need for careers in advanced manufacturing.
Frontier Increases Speeds For Customers in Northern, Central Illinois towns
Frontier Communications has increased internet speeds available to hundreds of additional residences and businesses in the communities of Machesney Park, Roscoe and Winnebago.

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