September 20, 2009 By News Report
"We want to have world-class, high-speed networks everywhere in Illinois -- especially in our rural communities." -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (pictured)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday announced a partnership between the state of Illinois, local governments, Norlight Telecommunications, Motorola and Royell Communications to bring high-speed Internet to Macoupin and Montgomery counties. "We want to have world-class, high-speed networks everywhere in Illinois - especially in our rural communities," said Quinn in a statement. Quinn went on to say that broadband is necessary for public safety, education and healthcare, as well as business growth in the state. Quinn's "Illinois Jobs Now" public works program includes $50 million for broadband deployment, which will help Illinois leverage federal broadband grant and loan program
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.