high speed internet

Daryl Scott / Peoria Public Radio

A proposed bill would give more than 90,000 students across 100 districts in rural Illinois access to high-speed internet. Democratic Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, Republican Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview and Democratic Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood are sponsoring the legislation.

 

Illinois lawmakers are warning the state is at risk of losing millions of dollars meant to bring fast internet to remote schools.

The federal government will help pay for fiber optic cables — if Illinois comes up with 16 million dollars in matching funds.

State Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, is among lawmakers asking Governor Bruce Rauner to include the funds in next year’s budget.

Thirty-nine percent of people in rural parts of Illinois have no access to high-speed Internet service. That's compared with 1% of the state's urban population.

Governor Pat Quinn is hailing the completion of a regional broadband network anchored at Illinois State University as a major technological and economic step forward.

Two broadband projects underway in Il

Jun 3, 2013

A push to bring high speed internet access to smaller communities and rural areas was a key part of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package. One of the first projects to gain funding in Illinois was the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority, or DATA. It was followed soon after by iFiber, a project to bring broadband to counties in north central and northwest Illinois. As Illinois Public Radio’s Guy Stephens reports, both are now moving from the construction phase to implementation.