News tagged with economic growth

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.
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. 
Illinois Businesses Invited to Participate in Broadband Survey

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, September 10, 2012 – Businesses throughout Illinois are invited to participate in a new survey on how they utilize high-speed internet and the broadband access needs of their company. 

Wireless Access Increases Sales, Access to Fresh Foods

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – September 7, 2012. More Illinois families will have access to affordable, local produce thanks to a federal grant that will double the amount of farmer’s markets using wireless technology to accept payment. 

Spotlight on Heartland Cable

Firefighters and government officials in rural Illinois have access to free or reduced-price broadband service, thanks to Heartland Cable.

Headquartered in Minonk, Heartland Cable provides video, phone, and high-speed internet service to more than 1,400 customers in rural towns throughout the Northeast Central, Northwest and North Central eTeam regions.

Broadband Boosts Rural Business
You might not think farms have much need for broadband services, but in fact agriculture is being shaped by the services offered. According to the USDA report, Broadband Internet’s Value for Rural America, the more multi-faceted the farm business, the more the farm uses the Internet.
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.
FCC says broadband could create 2.4 million jobs
Increasing broadband penetration by seven percent could create an additional 2.4 million new jobs, the FCC says. 
New study quantifies the impact of broadband speed on GDP
A new report released shows that increasing broadband speeds and broadband penetration for an economy increases the GDP.
National Funding Opportunities for Technology to Address Social Issues
The Verizon Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the nation that use technology-based approaches to domestic violence prevention, improving education, literacy or healthcare.
Economic Development Conference to focus on Regional Internet Project

The 16th annual Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference will be held on March 17th at the John A. Logan Conference Center in Carterville, Illinois from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  The conference topic will be “Southern Illinois On-Line" Regional Broadband & E-Commerce Opportunities” and will be focused around the 740-mile, high-speed fiber optic network being constructed by Clearwave Communications. 

Community Connect Program Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability of $25 million in funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 for the Community Connect Grant Program. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a final Appropriations Act for FY 2011, to allow potential applicants time to submit proposals and give the Agency time to process applications within the current fiscal year.   For FY 2010, Congress appropriated approximately $17.9 million.