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Although a recent post on the official and largely inscrutable.Im all for broadband investments in rural counties, but lets do the math.The State of Illinois is crowing about a broadband technology grant that will help few people in northern Illinois who really need affordable choices when it comes to Internet service.The grant is destined for a rather small northern part of Illinois, indeed.That means each and every resident of DeKalb County will benefit from about 115 of federal stimulus funds to make their web access faster.By comparison, Cook County, the second-largest county in America and the heart of Chicagoland has almost.3 million people,.5 of whom live below the poverty line. .Should have dug a little deeper.A beefier story from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle details just who those community institutions and agencies are.For Cook County residents to benefit from a similar broadband grant as DeKalb residents, that grant would need to total almost 610 million, or about 334 million for Chicagoans alone.Perhaps if they traded Cabrini for cornfields, then the state might take their technology needs seriously, too.
And other pharmaceutical companies accused in multidistrict litigation of engaging in a pay-for-delay scheme over the stroke drug Aggrenox told a Connecticut federal court to toss complaints by six retailers because they didn't show they directly bought the drug.
That means even if youre poor in Spain, you still have a right to fast Internet.
Broadband Illinois website leaves a lot of room for doubt.In Chicago, the heart of Cook County,.6 of the citys.9 million residents live in poverty.Chicago Tribune s ChicagoNow network.But so do tens of thousands of poor urban Illinois families currently saddled with outrageous broadband prices for cable modem and DSL servicenot to mention asia frauen in deutschland kennenlernen spotty coverage from new services like clear Wimax.That depends on whether you can see Cabrinior cornfieldsout your kitchen window.Teva, Boehringer and others on Monday urged the court to toss complaints filed by six retailers Rite Aid Corp., Walgreen., The Kroger., Safeway Inc., Albertsons LLC and HEB Grocery.Until then, my best advice to them is to head west.LP accusing Boehringer of scheming.The monies will be stewarded by the Dekalb Advancement of Technology Authoritya quasi-governmental organization without a web address that will administer the funds solely within DeKalb County.On Saturday, Progress Illinois and the, associated Press reported that Illinois is about to receive.9 million in federal stimulus funds to enhance broadband coverage in the northern part of the state.
In the most recent census count, DeKalb County had a population of about 103,000 with about.4 of the population living below the poverty line.
population below the poverty line.
When Illinois finally joins the rest of us in 2010 in realizing fast Internet should be a fact of life, maybe poor inner-city Chicagoans will finally have real, affordable choice when it comes to a speedy portal to the web.