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Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt Addresses Need for ‘Smart City’ Technology to Run State Government

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CHICAGO, Illinois, October 6, 2015 – State government need to use “Smart Cities” information technology to leapfrog to leadership among competing states, said Hardik Bhatt, chief information officer for the state of Illinois, speaking on Wednesday at the City Club here.

Bhatt, the former CIO for the City of Chicago, left municipal government for the private sector, where he managed global standards-based projects for Cisco Systems. For example, he worked to help build Hamburg into a leading port in Northern Europe, and with Brazil to help create systems to help manage large-scale public events like the 2014 World Cup and the forthcoming 2016 Summer Olympics.

Entering state government with Gov. Bruce Rauner, elected November 2014, Bhatt has established a four-year process to accelerate state adoption of “internet of things” technologies into state government.

Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois

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Broadband Prioritization Not Such A Terrible Idea, Georgetown University Panelists Say

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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – Paid prioritization may not be such a bad idea – in fact, the notion that the entire internet needs to be treated equally is misleading, said panelists at a June 10 symposium on internet regulation. Internet users might have greater interest in seeing phone packets go through first than someone…

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Cisco Study Shows Wireless Data Use Rising Faster Than Expected

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WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 – A study to track and forecast trends in the global mobile network that was released by Cisco Systems last month shows that mobile internet traffic is rising faster than expected.

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Obama Follows Up State Of The Union Speech with Silicon Valley Powwow

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SAN FRANCISCO, February 17, 2011 — President Obama checked in with the U.S.’ titans of tech on Thursday in a brief swing through Silicon Valley before heading north to Oregon to visit Intel.

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A History of Network Neutrality

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WASHINGTON, October 11, 2010 – The issue of network neutrality is one that has become an increasing problem around the globe. In the United States, the problem became more of an issue with the rise of cable and DSL service.

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Cisco Courts Consumers at Home and at Work

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Cisco’s mantra continues to be about networking and collaboration, and that is what it continues to offer consumers and busy executives with an array of products.

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Telecom Industry Launches Technical Advisory Group to Solve Net Neutrality Issues

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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – In response to the recent Third Way announcement made by FCC Chairmen Julius Genachowski, a group of ISPs, content creators and hardware makers have joined to form a working group to discuss the issues surrounding network neutrality.

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Individuals, Not Corporations Are Key To Regional Economic Development, Argues Cisco Researcher

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LAFAYETTE, La., April 22, 2010 – The growth of the internet-connected workplace will force political leaders to re-think the policies needed to foster economic growth, argued Cisco Systems researcher Norman Jacknis Wednesday.

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Consortium Aims to Spur Small Business Adoption of Broadband

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WASHINGTON, April 8, 2010 – SCORE, a corps of executives providing counseling to small businesses, has partnered with a handful of large firms to donate $1.1 million to help small firms better use broadband technologies. The consortium was formed in response to the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.

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Broadband Plan Commentary: Ball State University

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Testing prototypes. Assisting another university with a campus-wide wireless network. Delving into telecommunications policies. Investigating broadband’s impact on the economy. All are examples of Ball State University’s pioneering work with wireless broadband Internet access.

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