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Jan 30


Illinois Innovation Index Reflects Commitment to Expanding High-Speed Broadband Service


The first issue of the Illinois Innovation Index released in 2013 revealed data that shows Illinois’ government officials and private sector leaders have committed to expanding high-speed broadband service to both residential and commercial customers.

Last May’s issue of the Innovation Index examined the link between broadband access and economic growth, specifically in the state of Illinois. According to the Index, deployment of broadband connections is a strong indicator of a state’s economic climate, and while Illinois’ broadband deployment and adoption kept up with the national pace, there was substantial room for improvement in both speed and availability.

This issue of the Innovation Index notes that both federal and Illinois state government initiatives have increased investment in broadband infrastructure and will likely result in expanded broadband coverage in the coming years.

The chart below indicates how Illinois ranks among the top states in terms of business connections:

The Illinois Innovation Index, launched in part by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, is an information resource that provides analysis and insights on business development and economic activity in our state that examines a different topic each issue.

Click here to view the full issue of the January 2013 Illinois Innovation Index.
 




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