News tagged with Broadband Illinois

Broadband Illinois participates in 1871's TGIF
Deputy Director Laura Lane demos the Find & request Broadband Tools
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. 
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.
PCI Seeking Candidates for New Executive Director
Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI), the state’s broadband initiative, is searching for a new executive director to lead the nonprofit high-speed internet advocacy group into the future.
Drew Clark to Step Down as Broadband Illinois Executive Director, Housewright Named Interim
The Partnership for a Connected Illinois announced today that Drew Clark, Executive Director of the non-profit State Broadband Initiative entity in the Land of Lincoln for the past three and a half years, will resign effective August 1, 2013.
New Broadband Illinois Report Examines High-Speed Pricing Across State

A new report from Broadband Illinois sheds new light on how prices of residential broadband vary across different speed tiers and geographic locations through Illinois. The 37-page report analyzes the pricing for various broadband speed options and subscription plans across Illinois during the May 2013 timeframe.

Ag Students Embrace New Broadband Technologies
The face of agriculture is changing with the advancement of internet technology, and Illinois' future farmers appear to be more than willing to embrace it.
Center for Digital Inclusion is Established at the University of Illinois
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is proud to announce the establishment of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The CDI strives to foster inclusive and sustainable societies through research, teaching, and public engagement about information and communication technologies (ICT).
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Broadband Illinois is competing in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest and a $25,000 grand prize is up for grabs.

Our Town Grows: Web Tools Sustain Life, Learning and Local Commerce Everywhere
People now meet on the street and in local web places. How is this done? How do Internet tools help the local economy? Read the full blog post by Layton Olson to find some answers to these questions, featured here on Broadband Illinois!
Broadband Illinois invites bids on providing up to 3,500 refurbished personal computers

Broadband Illinois invites you to bid on providing up to 3,500 refurbished personal computer desktops and accessories.

Spurring Innovation Through Broadband Usage and Adoption
Our organization aims to ensure Better Broadband and Better Lives for all Illinoisans. As part of our three-fold mission, we’ve submitted five rounds of broadband data and maps to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and our 10 regional eTeams have worked to address broadband access issues while promoting high-speed internet builds. Last week, we reached a new milestone with the launch of the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, a program seeking to enhance the internet’s usage and maximize its impact.
Howard, PCI’s Benton honored for ushering in a new era of Illinois Broadband supremacy

In an age when seniors might get looks of pity from younger tech heads hanging by the Apple Store, you might not realize that one woman who will turn 70 next year has been a prime mover in getting Illinois wired for the 21st Century. Rep. Constance A. Howard (D-34th) of the Illinois General Assembly was honored Wednesday evening for her long record of accomplishment and efforts to close the digital divide and beef up the state’s broadband network. Howard led a panel of five state and federal political leaders as part of the Central Illinois Broadband Summit, held at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and hosted by Broadband Illinois.

PCI Submits Data to Update National Broadband Map

The Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) today made its fourth semi-annual submission of broadband coverage and community anchor institution data to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  

Measuring Broadband Use and Adoption is the Next Frontier in Internet Data Collection

By Drew Clark

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, August 9, 2011 - It's very easy to take broadband for granted. People want to go online to look up answers on Wikipedia, to watch movies on Netflix, to hang out on Facebook, or to Skype cousins across the globe -- or across town.

None of this can be done without broadband. Higher and higher speeds of internet connectivity are necessary to satisfy everyone's demand to do all of these things at once.

That's where the Partnership for a Connected Illinois comes into play.

ETeams Bring Leaders Together to Improve Jobs, Education, Healthcare and More
Wednesday Webinar Series Continues June 29 at 2 p.m.
Building the Gigabit State in Southern Illinois

By Drew Clark

CARBONDALE, Illinois, June 2, 2011 – Boiled down to its bare essentials, a major research university like Southern Illinois University here needs three things to prosper: good students, great faculty, and world-class internet bandwidth.

The only major research university in the southern half of Illinois, SIU has the first two out of three. But according to John Koropchak, a professor of chemistry and Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Dean at the university, the availability of bandwidth for SIU maxes out at 380 Megabits per second (Mbps). 

Guidelines by the National Science Foundation call for bandwidth availability to be 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) to 2.5 Gbps. That’s up to seven times the bandwidth currently available. 

NTIA's State Broadband Initiative and the Illinois Broadband Map

By Drew Clark

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, May 4, 2011 - Later today, at 2 p.m. CT, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois will kick off our "Wednesday Webinar" series, beginning with a discussion about the Illinois Broadband Map. Registration for this event is free.

PCI feels so passionately about the Illinois Broadband Map because data and information should be central to helping promote sound policies, and because evidence suggests that broadband is a key driver of job creation and economic activity.

Clearwave Launches Website and Newsletter
Illinois Broadband Opportunities Partnership awardee Clearwave Communications launches website and offers newsletter about project located in southern Illinois.
Second Webinar Added Wednesday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is announcing the release of the Fiscal Year 2011 Request for Application (RFA) for the Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant Program (EDD). 

Broadband Illinois Launches New Web Site Promoting Tools, Research and Opportunity
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, February 17, 2011 - Illinois residents can now discover who offers high-speed internet service in their neighborhood with a single mouse click or touch on a smart phone.

They do this by visiting http://broadbandillinois.org, a new site launched Thursday by the Partnership for a Connected Illinois (or Broadband Illinois), a non-profit group based in Springfield.