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AP - Illinois Public Media News - May 31, 2014

Illinois Shelving $100M Gift To Obama Library

By John O'Connor

A plan to offer $100 million in tax dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Illinois is on the shelf, as lawmakers wrapped up their spring session without advancing the idea.

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Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting - Illinois Public Media News - May 30, 2014

Climate change threatens U.S. food security; crop insurance poised to remain hot topic

By Robert Holly

Warm temperatures and extreme weather will thwart agriculture production and threaten U.S. food security, an executive-branch assessment on climate change released in early May found.

Categories: Agriculture, Environment





WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 30, 2014

Private Partner to Build Out UC2B Broadband System

Updated May 30th to add additional information about UC2B's existing customers.

By Jim Meadows

Officials of UC2B and iTV-3 at news conference announcing their partnership.

Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, or UC2B, announced a partnership Thursday with iTV-3 to provide its high-speed broadband service to homes and businesses in Champaign-Urbana.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 30, 2014

Telecom Atty Blair Levin on Expanding High-Speed Broadband

By Jim Meadows

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Gig. U Executive Director Blair Levin

When UC2B announced Thursday that it had found a private partner for the expansion of its high-speed broadband service, telecom lawyer Blair Levin was there.

Levin is an expert on high-speed broadband, having directed work on the FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan.

He’s currently executive director of Gig. U, a consortium of research universities -- including the University of Illinois - formed to promote the development of faster and more powerful data networks in the U. S.

America is not a leader when it comes to Internet performance. Some 30 countries have faster average download speeds.

But Levin says American telecom companies are showing greater interest in investing in high-speed broadband networks - as he explained in this interview with Illinois Public Media’s Jim Meadows.

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