Illinois BEAD Map Challenge & Webinars The Illinois Broadband Lab and Illinois Office of Broadband are taking the next steps toward deploying $1.04 billion in federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program funds to accelerate our efforts to connect all homes and businesses to modern high-speed internet. The BEAD Program requires states to allow
Wave 1 DECK Grant Awardees Announced DE Capacity Kickstarter Award Summaries Final PDF This past summer, the Illinois Office of Broadband launched the Digital Equity Capacity Kickstarter (DECK) Grant Program to sustain existing local initiatives and support other proven and pilot ideas ahead of federal Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program funding expected in late 2024.
URBANA - The Illinois Broadband Lab (IBL), a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois System and the Illinois Office of Broadband, recently concluded a three-month series of listening sessions across the state to better understand the challenges residents face in accessing reliable internet service. “In today’s world, internet access isn’t a privilege—it’s a right,”