North Aurora takes stand against proposed state budget cuts Kane County Chronicle Metro West Council of Government represents 34 municipalities in Kane, DeKalb and Kendall counties, including Batavia, Geneva, St.
Metro West Council of Government rails against state budget cuts Kane County Chronicle Metro West Council of Government represents 34 municipalities in Kane, DeKalb and Kendall counties, including Batavia, Geneva, St.
Aurora, Illinois, has been named one of the "Smart 21" most intelligent communities of 2015 according to the Intelligent Community Forum. We have been tracking Aurora for a few years and wrote about OnLight, its nonprofit ISP, that we wrote about earlier this year.
With some 200,000 people, it is the second largest city in Illinois but it has one of the most interesting hybrids of municipal fiber and nonprofit partnerships we have come across. For this week's Community Broadband Bits podcast, Lisa Gonzalez takes the reins and interviews Rick Mervine, Alderman of the 8th Ward in Aurora.
Alderman Mervine explains why the city first invested in the fiber network and why they later decided to create OnLight to serve community anchor institutions as well as others in the community.
Click headline to listen to podcast of this discussion--
Commentary: East Aurora superintendent talks about poverty penalty Aurora Beacon News The East Aurora Board of Education has asked me to discuss how a bill being considered by state legislators could impact our students.
Heartland Blood Centers drives in September Aurora Beacon News Heartland Blood Centers is a nonprofit medical organization providing transfusion medical services to 57 hospitals in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.
Enterprising teens: Students learn about small business at Aurora Farmers Market Aurora Beacon News Why not offer that opportunity to youth so they can learn some of these skills and one day maybe they will hold their own business?
N. Aurora takes step toward possible dam removal Suburban Life Publications NORTH AURORA – North Aurora village trustees Monday took another step toward the possible removal of the dam near North Aurora Village Hall as they approved an...
Links of interest to professionals involved in broadband and planning.
PLANNING RESOURCES“Partnership for a Connected Illinois and Internet Expansion in Illinois 1996 to 2011,” By Drew Clark and Layton Olson, Spring 2012, American Planning Association, Spring 2012, or APA Resource Page“Broadband Infrastructure: Should Local Government Be Involved in Expanding Infrastructure?” By John M. Janson AICP. http://utah-apa.org/uploads/files/285_Utah_Planner_2014-4.pdfCASE STUDIES“Onlight Aurora, Most Advanced Illinois Gigabit Communities Awardee, Shows How to Leverage Its Fiber Network,” BroadbandBreakfast.com, November 5, 2013“Illinois Announces Fourth Major Gigabit Network, to Frontier Communications Serving Southern Illinois University Area,” BroadbandBreakfast.com, August 26, 2013STATE BROADBAND INITIATIVESVirginia (Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance)Illinois (Partnership for a Connected Illinois)Utah (State of Utah Broadband Planning Office)OTHER RESOURCES“Rural Telecommunications Congress Members Release Report on 50 State Broadband Initiative Entities,” BroadbandBreakfast.com, April 10, 2014Rural Telecommunications Congress Report on “Successful State Broadband Program,” BroadbandBreakfast.com, April 2013 (PDF)
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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