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Apps are Available for Everything in Agriculture

In a world of information technology, apps make it possible to remain in the field when muddled by a unfamiliar disease or insect infestation.

How Technology Can Help with Long-Distance Caregiving

In-home telemonitoring devices, mobile apps and wearable devices can tell a long-distance caregiver whether a relative has opened the refrigerator, as well as send out medication reminders and monitor someone’s health.

Internet of Things Helps Buffalo, Other Cities with Snow Removal

Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo are some of the municipalities harnessing the power of GPS sensors and machine-to-machine communication to modernize snow removal practices.

Ohio Adds Schools to its First Responder Communication System

The system's special school radios include an orange emergency button that, when pressed, connects schools with a local dispatcher. The dispatcher hears what's happening and pages law enforcement and other first responders, who are immediately deployed to the scene.

We Now Spend More Time Staring at Phones Than TVs
Big trends indicate that TV viewing time is on the decline, markers look to smartphones
Wired/Unwired: Madison's Digital Divide is an Issue of Both Access and Skills
Multiple barries to adoption increase the digital divide across the United States
Zeke Flores Named to Crain's 40 Under 40 List
PCI Board Member selected as one of Chicago's most influential
About 700,000 add Broadband in the Third Quarter of 2014
86.6 Million Get Broadband from Top Cable and Telephone Companies
Tennessee Leaders Call on the FCC to Axe State Broadband Restrictions

Representatives from state and local government, along with private-sector leaders, rallied on Tuesday in support of a petition to the FCC to vacate state laws that prevent expansion of gigabit Internet connections.

How Illinois Counties Overcame the Barriers to Next-Gen 911

Policy and legal issues prove more challenging than technological ones but southern Illinois counties prevail.

Organizations Call on FCC to Modernize and Expand Federal E-Rate Program

Alliance for Excellent Education and LEAD Commission Release Analysis Finding Racial, Income, and Rural Inequities in Students’ Access to High-Speed Internet Service

Pay Phones in New York City Will Become Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Pay phone network will be one of the biggest in the world
Why the South Lags Behind when it Comes to Home Broadband Use
Barriers to adoption include income and education
2014 Digital Cities: Winners Focus on Innovation, Boosting Transparency and Privacy

In this year's Digital Cities Survey, top cities recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives there.

FCC Receives Almost 200 applicants for Rural Broadband Experiments
Applications will now be reviewed and winners announced early 2015
Shooter Detection Systems: Coming to a School Near You?

The new active shooter detection is system designed to provide real-time information on the location of shots fired inside a building, and cut critical minutes off police response times.

Ambulance Drones May Save Lives

Will heart attack victims one day see their savior fly in on four small propellers?

The Broadband Health Imperative
A look at the intersection of healthcare and the FCC
Leveraging Economic Incentives for Start-ups: 1871 Panel
Highlights of the Leveraging Economic Incentives for Start-ups Panel at 1871
Area schools’ technology programs nationally recognized
New Berlin High School teachers Kaitlan Dinges and Sarah Beard instruct a joint class in the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way program 
Can Technology Improve Policing?

New survey results show that citizens want more technology in the hands of law enforcement.

In Quinn, tech found one of its strongest allies
Former Gov. Pat Quinn was the tech industry's biggest ally. 
In Detroit and other cities, nearly 40 percent go without Internet

Many people can't afford Internet service and even lack mobile broadband.

Broadband Expands Into Rural America, But How Many Will Adopt?

High-speed Internet is finally starting to reach the nation’s most remote areas. Many residents, though, are slow to adopt it.

What if your wearable could stop bad habits in their tracks?
Wearable sensors will know before you know that you are at risk of relapse

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