Group: Many cell phone users paying too much

CHAMPAIGN – Nearly three out of four Illinois residents pay more than they should for cell phone service, according to a report from the Citizens Utility Board.

Citizens Utility Board says cell phone bills too high

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly three out of four Illinois residents are paying more than they should for cell phone service, the Citizens Utility Board estimated today.

Environmentally friendly bucket truck debuted in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Of course a city government would think about putting a "green" truck in its forestry division.

A hybrid bucket truck will be assigned to the division, said Elizabeth Hannan, administrative services manager for the city of Champaign.

State commits half of funding match for 'big broadband'

CHAMPAIGN — The Urbana-Champaign big broadband project has gotten a $3.5 million funding commitment from the state.

Man's site offers musicians money-making options

CHAMPAIGN – Andrew Moffat thinks he's devised a solution to the piracy issue the music industry faces.

Trouble is, he hasn't persuaded any bands to try it out.

Ameren narrowing list of routes for high-voltage line

URBANA – Ameren Illinois officials have begun winnowing the number of options for a new high-voltage transmission line, built with 75- to 100-foot-tall structures, that would connect a substation near Bondville with another on the southwest side of the University of Illinois campus.

Utility company employees met Tuesday afternoon with local officials to discuss the route for the transmission line and will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Urbana Holiday Inn, 1003 Killarney St., U. At the open house, Ameren officials will meet one-on-one with customers to discuss the project and the potential routes the 138,000-volt transmission line could take.

Syndicated-show lineups coming together for this fall

CHAMPAIGN – Area TV stations haven't solidified all their programming changes for fall, but several have committed to new shows.

In terms of syndicated shows, some of the biggest changes will be at WBUI, the CW affiliate in Decatur. It will pick up two comedies, "The Office" and "My Name Is Earl," to be shown weeknights, said Program Director Graham LaMontagne.

Area TV stations not adding any more 'subchannels' yet

CHAMPAIGN – Area TV stations say they aren't planning to add more digital "subchannels" soon, even though they have the flexibility to do so.

When TV stations began broadcasting digitally, they gained the ability to divide their signal across several video subchannels or "feeds."

Cost of fiber-optic broadband proposal drops in C-U

CHAMPAIGN – The application for state funding for the Urbana-Champaign big broadband project is due today, and the overall project's cost is going down.

The estimated cost of creating a community-owned fiber optic network was reduced by about $10 million, to the $35 million to $40 million range, following a survey of about 500 households this past weekend. The survey showed that more low-income households have Internet service than originally thought, and that several areas in Champaign-Urbana therefore don't qualify for federal funding to have big broadband brought directly to their home.

AT&T's U-verse now available in select parts of area

CHAMPAIGN – For folks who have griped for years about the cable company's "monopoly," there's now competition.

AT&T has rolled out a system that provides TV, phone and high-speed Internet service and is making it available in some parts of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, Danville and Tilton.