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AT&T Incubates Technology to Connect Devices
AT&T is developing technology that allows users to receive calls and messages via smart devices.
Frontier Communications Expands Broadband Internet Service in Champaign, Ford and Vermilion Counties Network Expansion Brings Additional Connectivity
Frontier Communications has made advanced broadband technology and faster Internet speeds available to hundreds of additional residences and businesses throughout Illinois.
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.
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.
New Threats to Liberty Online
Experts say liberty online is challenged by nation-state crackdowns, surveillance, pressures of commercialization of the Internet.
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…
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
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…
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),…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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,…
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…
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…
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.

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