Councils to review transition plan

Each city to look over revised proposal, but in separate meetings

CHAMPAIGN — City officials say a new agreement to spin off Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband as a private nonprofit includes more rules for transparency and stronger policies on minority contracting after the two city councils critiqued the plan in a joint session last week.

Carle hospital phone service to be limited during weekend

URBANA — Phone service at Carle Foundation Hospital will be limited starting at 10 p.m. Saturday and into Sunday morning for scheduled maintenance, hospital officials said.

Inbound calls to Carle's main number, 383-3311, will be possible, but callers might experience busy signals and delays.

Cell phone service and the Carle website will remain fully functional.

Rich Warren: Trying to get a snapshot on picture-in-picture

TV manufacturers relentlessly search for features to hook new buyers.

UI telescope reinstalled after restoration

URBANA — Though it hit a slight detour in Wheeling, W.Va., a historic telescope is being reinstalled at the University of Illinois Observatory this week after undergoing a $54,000 restoration.

The 117-year-old telescope was dismantled in May and shipped to Ray Museum Studios in Swarthmore, Pa., where it was restored to its original glory and outfitted with modern features.

Cities plan to spin off UC2B

CHAMPAIGN — Assuming city officials can adhere to an extremely tight timeline, Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband will be spun off as a private nonprofit agency, after both the Champaign and Urbana city councils directed their staffs to start working toward the transfer in a rare joint meeting on Tuesday night.

Updated: Next Generation School to pilot elementary STEM program

CHAMPAIGN — Next Generation School in Champaign is one of 44 in the country that will participate in a new pilot program that will teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

UC2B supporter says project will be worth it

As the Big Broadband project heads into the final two months of the grant funding phase, one of the advocates of the project said it will be beneficial to the community well into the future.

Michael Smeltzer, who is the Director of Community Projects for CITES at the University of Illinois, sounded off on the topic Tuesday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.

Cities to meet over transfer of UC2B to nonprofit

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign and Urbana city councils are scheduled to meet jointly this week to review the transfer of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband assets to a nonprofit agency they expect will run the high-speed Internet network for the foreseeable future.

Q&A with new director of NCSA

In the early days of the Internet, a young astrophysicist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications worked with other scientists to create one of the very first websites, Spacetime Wrinkles, on Einstein's theory of black holes.

Volo to demonstrate fiber service in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — Volo Broadband will host a public demonstration Saturday of its fiber broadband service in Thomasboro.

The service, which has a starting price of $29.95 a month, is touted as the "first sub-$30-per-month gigabit fiber service in the country," according to a Volo release.