A laptop connected to wireless internet

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January 22, 2018 - News Local/State

Local Non-Profit Awards Tech Grants

UC2B, Champaign-Urbana’s community fiber-optic broadband network, has awarded its first round of grants for projects aimed at increasing digital access. 


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November 28, 2017 - The 21st Show

State And Local Candidates Make It Official; Understanding Net Neutrality; The Bears’ Bad Season

On The 21st: People hoping to win state and local elections next year started making it official yesterday at the State Board of Elections. Plus, we'll take a deep dive into understanding the Obama-era net neutrality regulations that the current FCC might scrap. And, how the Chicago Bears are dealing with a season in which they're about as bad as expected.


A radio in Norway, photographed in 2009.

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January 06, 2017 - News Local/State

Norway Will Be First Country To Shut Down FM Network, Go All-Digital

Starting next week, Norway will become the first country to switch off its nationwide FM radio network and convert completely to digital signals. The change was announced in 2015, and will take months to be fully implemented.


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November 24, 2016 - News Local/State

From Texting To Gaming: Teen Drivers Are Distracted

Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it. And that's not all they're doing. The survey from State Farm Insurancefound 80 percent of teens say they use their smartphones while driving. Along with sending text messages, they're using the phone for other purposes, including playing games.


One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator

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April 27, 2016 - Longer Listen

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.


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