News tagged with chicago

AT&T Gigabit Markets to Include Chicago and Atlanta
AT&T announces Chicago will be one of its many Gigabit Cities
Webinar: The Chicago Southland Story and other Illinois Fiber Projects
The Chicago Southland Story and other Illinois Fiber Projects were the focus of discussion at a webinar hosted by Broadband Illinois and Broadband Communities Magazine on Wednesday.
Mayor Emanuel, Comcast Announce Chicago's Internet Essentials Enrollment
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO Wendy DuBoe, along with civic and community leaders, today kicked off the third year of the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Through this program, the number of low-income Chicago families who now have broadband connection at home doubled to 14,000 as part of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families.  The partnership also established “Internet Essentials Learning Zones,” which brings community based organizations together to eliminate the digital divide.
AT&T Invests Nearly $625 Million in Illinois Wireless and Wireline Networks
In the first half of 2013, AT&T invested nearly $625 million in its wireless and wired networks in Illinois.  The investments included deployment of new macro cell sites, small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems across the state as a part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks.  The company also expanded and enhanced its 4G LTE** network, which provides ultra-fast mobile Internet speeds, and deployed new Wi-Fi hot spots. 
How Next-Gen Apps are Changing Society for the Better
The race to build ultra high-speed gigabit networks is on. From Kansas City to Chattanooga, everyone’s talking about “getting to a gig.” But what will we do with all that speed and why do we need it?
Finding and Nurturing New Internet Users

We've been collecting and publishing data about broadband supply for more than two years. We've submitted six rounds of this data to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the National Broadband Map. Our Broadband Illinois website features a plethora of resources, maps, and tools created with this information. Studying the ways Illinoisans adopt to and use broadband is another key piece of the "broadband picture." This month, we are pleased to release a series of pathbreaking research reports into broadband usage. 

South Side Gigabit Challenge and Chicago's Broadband Future

CHICAGO- October 16, 2012 -- Governor Pat Quinn today announced the first winner of the Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge, Gigabit Squared. The company, the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Cook County, will receive $2 million in seed funding to jumpstart a fiber optic and wireless network in nine South Side Chicago neighborhoods. 

Making the Most of our Broadband Moment

Illinois, and Chicago along with it, has hit its moment for broadband. A series of initiatives have laid the foundation for private and public organizations to focus on high-speed infrastructure and broadband usage. We at Broadband Illinois recently announced 14 awardees for the Broadband Innovation Fund. And we look forward to the Illinois Gigabit Challenge rolling out. 

AT&T Invests More Than $190 Million In Chicago Network In First Half Of 2012

Invests nearly $1.2 Billion from 2009 through the First Half of 2012 To Boost Capacity and Deliver Superior 4G and Broadband Experience in Chicago

Special Report: Chicago Broadband Challenge
  • On September 24, 2012 Mayor Emanuel announced an ambitious broadband initiative with a three key missions:
  1. Build gigabit last-mile fiber infrastructure in 15 “innovation zones” located in commercial and industrial corridors throughout the city, feeding Chicago’s growing startup community.
  2. Bring cheap broadband access to underserved neighborhoods in the city and develop training programs to teach residents in those areas the “digital skills” necessary to put that access to use.
  3. Launch a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout city parks, plazas and other public spaces.
Mixing Water and Broadband: Dig Once rules for water projects mean lower cost fiber to businesses and homes
What’s the “water + broadband” recipe for cost-cutting and faster Internet?  

Since water projects are big ticket public works matters for local governments to pay for, they become vital to plans for low cost installation of fiber conduit in neighborhoods and business districts.
Mayor Emanuel Announces Chicago Broadband Challenge
City Will Completely Remake its Digital Infrastructure, Providing Access to Underserved Areas, Free Access in Public Spaces, and Affordable Access for the Business Community
Broadband Illinois to Present at Federation of Internet Solution Providers Conference
BROADBAND ILLINOIS TO PRESENT AT FEDERATION OF INTERNET SOLUTION PROVIDERS CONFERENCE


SPRINGFIELD, IL, September 4, 2012 –Sessions on broadband infrastructure and deployment, mapping broadband data, and broadband adoption and usage will be presented by Broadband Illinois at the upcoming Federation of Internet Solution Providers of the Americas Conference in Chicago September 17 - 19.
Broadband Innovation Tour Attracts Hundreds
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, August 28, 2012 -- The Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund is generating interest throughout the state with hundreds attending three webinars and four stakeholder meetings to learn about the new internet adoption and usage initiative.
Broadband Growth Drives Commerce and Innovation in Illinois
Think about how much your company relies on high-speed broadband internet connection in the everyday operations of your business. If you’ve been operating with high-speed internet access for some time, the thought of trying to share data, collaborate, support new technologies and conduct business in the workplace with dial-up internet is probably terrifying to you.
Libraries as building blocks for learning and careers in local areas across illinois – and the nation

Education is FCC National Broadband Plan National Need #3. Libraries are local community anchor institutions focused directly on learning, working alongside schools, museums, cultural and social service centers, business centers, and congregations. Below are Local (A), State (B), and National (C)) resources on how to best use and demonstrate through graphics, photographs and stories the daily benefits to youth, adults, seniors, businesses, and public agencies of exploiting every community library’s human and technology resources. 

Push to bring faster broadband to college towns; PCI chairman Charles Benton attends

Partnership for a Connected Illinois chairman Charles Benton attended a meeting with Google and more than 50 other companies in Chicago on Monday, aimed finding funding for faster broadband for 37 college campuses including University of Chicago and Univeristy of Illinois.

Healthcare and a Digital Card in Every Pocket

Healthcare and a Digital Card in every pocket

It is fit that Broadband Illinois – with its focus on Broadband for Better Lives -- begin its regular Broadband Voices Blog with the topic Life and Health.  Healthcare is also National Need #1 in FCC National Broadband Plan issued in 2010.  http://www.broadband.gov/