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Report Ranks Top Open Data States
Six states earn top rankings for their open data policies and portals -- and eight states are at the bottom.
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.
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.
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.
Governor Quinn Issues Executive Order to Further Increase Government Transparency
New Executive Order Increases Government Data Available to the Public
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon seeks input on rural issues
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has seen common themes and subtile differences in how rural Illinois communities list their priorities. As she prepared for a listening post in Quincy on Thursday, Simon said…
CTA Discover, the Chicago Transit Authority's new app, tracks riders, not busses or trains
CHICAGO | In the past, if you wanted to use the CTA app, you had to know what line you needed and where the closest stop was located. Now, you don't even have to know where you are. By opening CTA…
Study indicates broadband does not lower tax collections
Increased broadband does not lead to lower tax collections, indicates a study in Oklahoma about the relationship between broadband adoption and local retail sales tax collections.
Bringing Broadband to All Americans
Although new devices/phones, the economy, and jobs seem to dominate the headlines, the Federal Communications Commission remains focused on a key priority of the Obama Administration: making sure…
Avoiding Costs, Building Assets: “One Trench” and “One Tower” Investments Improve Government Performance
Improving government performance is the FCC National Broadband Plan, National Need #5. It is closely linked with National Need #7, Public Safety (topic of the August 22 blog), and Increasing Civic…
FCC Announces Public Testing of First Television White Spaces Database
Freeing valuable spectrum will open the doors for new industries to develop, create American jobs, and lead to new technologies and services.
Does USF Reform Put RUS Loans at Risk of Default?
Loans recently made to small telcos by the Rural Utilities Service would no longer be “financially feasible” if the FCC caps the Universal Service fund, according to data filed by the…
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