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Vying for Funding, Rural Counties Often Lose to Big Cities

But a new contest, where the competition is limited to rural areas, offers a chance for smaller municipalities to realize their economic development plans.

A New Year’s Resolution: Using Broadband to Get Healthy and Stay Well
It’s that time of year again . . . resolution time. You often hear that people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. From eating better to being more active, we all tend to see the New Year as a way to make a fresh (and healthy) start.
FCC Redefines Broadband as 25 Mb Per Second or Higher

The new definition of broadband does not require Internet service providers to make any changes to the services they provide.

BroadbandUSA Makes Its Debut
Learn how the federal initiative will help communities expand access to high-speed Internet service
Updates Broadband Speed Benchmark to 25Mbps/3 Mbps to Reflect Consumer Demand, Advances in Technology
Visualizing the Digital Divide in Chicago [Map]
The city of Chicago has launched numerous efforts to elminate the digital divide in every neighborhood
Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public Library Announce “Internet To Go” Tech Lending Program
Pilot Program Allows Residents To Check Out Wi-Fi Hotspots and Tablets
Westmoreland County, Pa., Prison Visitation Goes Digital

The visits are conducted by using computer equipment the county purchased last year that allows family members and friends to speak with inmates via video over a home computer hookup.

5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply
From herding cattle to applying pesticides, unmanned drones are revolutionizing American farming
Three U.S. Communities Among 'Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015'

Arlington County, Va., Columbus, Ohio, and Mitchell, S.D., are considered "the best on the planet to teach us how we should go about planning the future."

Texas prisons try telemedicine to curb spending
With healthcare costs rising for Texas inmates, prisons seek ways to cut costs
3 Ways Schools Can Stretch Their Technology Dollars

New York City schools take a look at staffing, the type of equipment they purchase and ways to extend the life of technology.

Chicago Educators Welcome Proposal to Protect Students' Digital Privacy

Some technology requires teachers or students to enter all sorts of data, thus raising the question educators had not faced before: Will information a teacher or child shares stay available in cyberspace?

Report Finds Strong Link Between Broadband and Population Growth
U.S. counties with the highest broadband availability levels are seeing the greatest population growth
BroadbandUSA Effort to Assist Communities with Broadband Plans
NTIA's BroadbandUSA program will help cities create partnerships, promote adoption, and assist with infrastructure projects
Network Could Put City in Online Fast-Lane
Jacksonville in talks to update broadband network, possibly become a gigabit city
New Year, New Threats: Electronic Health Record Cyberattacks

The recent flood of cyberattacks means that hackers are relentless and more sophisticated than ever before.

State of the Union: Ready for bipartisan cyber action
This should be the year that significant bipartisan progress is made on cybersecurity legislation, with new laws set to pass on issues ranging from data breach notification to sharing sensitive cyber intelligence between the public and private sectors. In fact, since President Obama and Republican congressional leaders can't agree on much else, cybersecurity action is moving to center stage.
State Says 80 Percent of Mainers 'Unserved' by Broadband

The ConnectME Authority, which oversees the state’s broadband service, on Friday adopted a new standard to define adequate service levels.

Five Year Report on Illinois Broadband Released

Highlights Illinois’ achievements and the path forward

OP-ED: Building a Better Illinois Through Broadband
Using momentum to get every Illinoisan connected
President Obama Announces Plans for Next-Generation Broadband Connectivity
Announcement means better connectivity and less red-tape for Illinois and the United States
9 Things Computers Can do Now That They Couldn't do a Year Ago
2014 had its fair share of "firsts" in hardware, software, and robotics
Obama aims to unleash broadband boost
In visit to Iowa, President Obama will push to end laws that limit Internet coverage
Research Study Shows NTIA Broadband Grants Provided Billions in Economic Benefits
NTIA review of economic impact resulting from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act monies

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