I3 Broadband closes deal to run UC2B fiber-optic network

URBANA — St. Louis-based i3 Broadband has acquired iTV-3 and will operate the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) fiber-optic network.

A subsidiary of CountryWide Broadband, i3 said it plans to aggressively expand the system so it can provide its services throughout the greater Champaign-Urbana area.

Rich Warren: Radio is a competitive industry

As a radio broadcaster, I recently participated on a music conference panel discussing the relationship and interaction of broadcast radio with internet radio/music services. I'd like to share some of the information that related to topics relevant to this column.

Wired In: Neelan Veloo

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet NEELAN VELOO, the founder of AVA, a startup out of the University of Illinois that helps create cross-platform software to solve common problems. He's a sophomore in electrical engineering, double majoring in entrepreneurship, and he's also a soccer referee.

Playing Critic: Price for 'Onion Knights' a little too steep

When what was a cellphone game is ported to a console, in this case the PlayStation 4, a reviewer such as myself has a few basic questions to consider:

Is there enough game there to justify the transition? How well did the touch-based menus and other controls survive the move to a standalone controller? Is the price point reasonable? And most importantly, is it fun?

Yielding answers with ag tech

CHAMPAIGN — Investors are putting more money into Illinois agriculture technology, making it the fourth most popular state for ag tech.

Illinois ag tech investment rose from $20 million in 2015 to $70 million last year, according to AgFunder, an online investment platform for ag tech. It sits behind Massachusetts, New York and California.

#TheMJs, Feb. 24, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

Syngenta to open lab at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — One of the largest agriculture companies in the world is opening a digital innovation lab at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Switzerland-based Syngenta announced the lab Thursday, with hopes to open it by this summer. It has already leased the 1,600-square-foot space.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Happy birthday to our first president

George Washington, our country's first president, was born 285 years ago today, Feb. 22, 1732. His birthday was made a national holiday in 1885. However, in 1971, Congress decided to celebrate all U.S. presidents' birthdays on Presidents Day, the third Monday of every February — thanks to the efforts of commercial advertisers who wished to create a weekend of Presidents Day sales.

Four UI faculty members earn Sloan Research Fellowships

Four University of Illinois researchers are being honored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as the "next generation of scientific leaders."