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20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills
Teaching digital literacy is about more than just integrating technology into lesson plans; it’s about using technology to understand and enhance modern communication, to locate oneself in digital space, to manage knowledge and experience in the Age of Information.
Do Google Chromebooks Threaten Apple’s Dominance in Education?

Schools that have purchased Chromebooks versus iPads point to low cost and minimal maintenance requirements as the primary selling points.

States Watching Congress on Internet Access Taxes

Congress is debating whether to extend or make permanent a moratorium on state and local Internet access taxes. The issue could get tied up with a controversial proposal to tax online sales.

Dorm Wi-Fi a Selling Point for Many Universities

Colleges and universities fit dorms with new wireless networks in bid to attract students.

Iowa School District Adds Wi-Fi to Buses

Cardinal Community School District officials say the goal is to transform school buses into locations for learning, by adding wireless Internet and bringing focus to educational apps.

Rural Economies Found to Benefit from Broadband
Study shows rural communities benefit from broadband, increased income and jobs.
U.S. FCC asks if Broadband Should Mean Faster Internet Speeds

New FCC proposal would change how it measures high-speed Internet and require speeds of at least 10 Mbps to qualify as broadband.

Comcast Offers Up To Six Months of Complimentary Internet Service And An Amnesty Program For Low-Income Families

Internet Essential Kicks Off Back to School Season in Georgia with Nationwide, Complimentary
Six-Month Offer, Discounted Computers and Free Digital Literacy Training for Eligible Families.

Comcast Has Now Connected More Than 1.4 Million Low-Income Americans to Internet at Home.

Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Cutting Edge Broadband Network
Gov. Quinn announced completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install more than 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure across 55 Illinois counties.
White House Innovation Day Highlights Disaster Response, Recovery

Emergency managers converged with the tech community to discuss tools that can create more resilient communities.

How the History of Electricity Explains Municipal Broadband
Should the FCC try to preempt state laws that block cities from building out publicly owned Internet infrastructure?
Illinois sees substantial growth in residential broadband connection

New data from the FCC reports that total broadband connections nationwide grew at a compound annual growth rate of 15 percent from  June 2003 to June 2013.

Cook County Helps Close Digital Divide for Low-Income Families
Comcast announces expansion of a new program, “Internet Essentials Learning Lab,” to help close the digital divide in Cook County.
Big Data Fueling Iowa Farmers' Productivity

Drones flying over farm fields recording high resolution images & field sensors providing real-time information on crops are among the tech tools likely to be commonplace in an era of big ag data.

In Partisan Vote, FCC Passes a Modified E-Rate Proposal for Spending Funds on Wi-Fi Connectivity
The FCC voted to modernize of its E-Rate program Friday, reallocating funds from technologies considered obsolete to Wi-Fi based connectivity in schools and libraries.
FCC Prepares to Vote on E-Rate Overhaul
Schools and libraries hungry for faster and more reliably funded Wi-Fi connections will be watching the July 11 open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission closely.
New Threats to Liberty Online

Experts say liberty online is challenged by nation-state crackdowns, surveillance, pressures of commercialization of the Internet.

Experts Discuss 4 Major Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

While technology has reached a level where high-quality virtual consultations with physicians can take place, policy issues have slowed the expansion of telehealth practices in the U.S.

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. 

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