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The Cook County Board has approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Cook County and the NIU Board of Trustees which provides the county with assistance in technology-related initiatives involving regional public partners. The agreement allows the County Bureau of Technology to leverage NIU expertise to explore network asset monetization under the county’s Asset Marketing Program...
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NIU’s Division of Information Technology has announced the first set of awards for the Broadband Innovation Grant Opportunity established in February of this year. The grant offers up to $30,000 in funding per year for three years to NIU students, faculty and staff who can develop applications that help society leverage broadband connectivity for the...
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NIU’s Broadband Development Group (BDG) has moved from the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development to the Division of Information Technology (DoIT). Since 2007, the BDG and DoIT have worked closely to develop broadband networks for community anchor institutions like libraries, schools, public safety agencies, community colleges, and municipal governments throughout northern Illinois. The...
Eric Haan, district technology director for Eastland CUSD 308, has coordinated the district’s participation in the iFiber network since the project began in 2011.
Eric Haan believes in iFiber and the benefits made possible by the high-speed fiber broadband network, not just for his rural school district but for the entire northwest Illinois region. “The truth is, for as many uses as I can name now for the iFiber network, there are so many more we haven’t even thought...
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Northern Illinois University is among the inaugural 16 institutions nationwide designated as an “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University” by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The designation, announced last week, acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship, technology...
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Building on the success of its first regional conference on broadband and economic development held last November in Danville, Va., Broadband Communities will host its second regional conference from Tuesday, Nov. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 7, in Tinley Park. The conference will focus on the extraordinary experiences of dozens of communities in America’s Midwestern heartland,...
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A huge milestone in the iFiber project has been reached, board Chair John L. Lewis says. “Eighty percent of the Core Network is online transmitting at 100 gigabit speeds,” Lewis says. “This is cutting-edge technology, and the iFiber network is the first to deploy broadband speeds of 100 gigabits in this rural region.” The remaining...
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John Lewis, senior research scholar at NIU’s Regional Development Institute, moderated a panel of experts in the fiber optics industry May 30 at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. Broadband and Economic Development Technology Focus Luncheon. About 150 attendees learned about the importance of high-speed fiber and broadband to economic development in the region. Matthew...
Northern Illinois University has furthered its commitment to enhancing broadband opportunities for under-served Illinois residents by acting as a third-party evaluation consultant for a federally funded high-speed Internet project. “Getting Illinois Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities Online Demonstration Project” provides Internet connectivity and training to 23 public housing facilities across northern Illinois. The...
Northwestern Illinois’ technological and financial future received another boost Monday as educators and state and local officials broke ground for the Lee County leg of the iFiber project at Sauk Valley Community College. Under sunshine and promises of jobs for generations, leaders such as Illinois State Sen. Christine Johnson (R-Shabbona) heralded the project, partnered with...
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Two additional contractors have been selected for the northwest Illinois project designed to bring a reliable high-speed broadband network to a nine-county region. Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber), an Illinois not-for-profit organization, has selected Aldridge Electric, which partnered with Kelso-Burnett to provide a joint proposal to build the network throughout Boone, LaSalle, Ogle, Stephenson and...
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A new online library for NIU’s scholarly materials and products, the Huskie Commons Digital Repository, is being developed by the University Libraries and Information Technology Services (ITS). Once completed, this repository will “provide a long-term secure digital space where faculty and staff can place their publications, data sets and other research materials,” said Patrick Dawson,...
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