Technology

Complete AT&T fix may take a couple of days

URBANA – Urbana art gallery owner Jan Chandler was smarting at having her business life rearranged for the next couple of days.

So was Baku Patel, an attorney with two offices affected by the lack of phone and Internet service caused by a break in an AT&T line on the University of Illinois campus Thursday morning.


UI ready to hire engineer for Big Broadband project

The University of Illinois is poised to hire an architect-engineer for the Big Broadband network, a project to bring high-speed Internet services to underserved parts of the community.


Rantoul lab benefits from federal research funding

RANTOUL – Kim Laboratories was one of nearly 60 Illinois companies that recently qualified for federal grants or tax credits for biomedical research.

The Rantoul-based company received $170,817 for 2009 and $73,661 for 2010 under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project. Both awards were for developing a disinfectant and diagnostic tests for norovirus.


UI will try for agreement with Fox/Atkins to develop next phase of research park

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois will negotiate with local firm Fox/Atkins to develop the next phase of the UI Research Park in Champaign.


Danville nonprofit hosts free collection of electronics and old medicine

DANVILLE – A local nonprofit organization is hosting free collections for electronics and appliances and prescription pills in celebration of America Recycles Day.


Grant will help pay for geothermal system at Washington School in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has received a $90,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to help pay for a geothermal system at Washington Elementary School.

The grant will pay for one-third of the difference between the cost of a geothermal system and a conventional heating and cooling system.


'Fab Lab' drawing variety of users

URBANA – Call it a community workshop.

Metalworker Dean Rose came to create templates for making bells. University of Illinois freshmen came to put together a 3-D printer. A young mother came to design items for small kids. And youngsters from the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club came to assemble tin-can robots.


Mediacom rates to increase in December

RANTOUL – Mediacom customers can expect to see rate increases in their December cable bills.

Monthly rates for basic service will rise by $2, while rates for family service will go up $3, said Phyllis Peters, the company's communications director.


SolarBridge picks manufacturer

CHAMPAIGN – SolarBridge Technologies has selected Celestica to manufacture its Pantheon microinverter, the Austin, Texas-based company announced this week.

SolarBridge, which started in Champaign and continues to have a research and development office here, is developing microinverter technologies for the solar industry.


Telecom company reports earnings up 66 percent for quarter

MATTOON – Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. said third-quarter earnings were 66 percent higher than the same quarter a year ago.


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