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"This is a big deal," Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said at the ribbon cutting for Iowa Premium in Tama in 2014. That sentiment was echoed Tuesday night by Tama County Economic Development Director Heath Kellogg in opening remarks for a pair of presentations at the quarterly Pitch and Build event in Toledo. Up first was AcreBroadband's CEO / CTO Philip Kennedy who said his company will begin to install equipment to provide high-speed internet service to rural Tama and neighboring counties in two months time.

Schools across the nation have added technology - from smartphones and tablets to personal computers - to their curriculum, but not every household has access to these tools. Now, The United Way of Greater Austin is helping fill the digital divide through the program Play to Learn.

Verizon announced a massive increase in Internet speed for its Fios home broadband service. The new service, dubbed Fios Instant Internet, will offer customers both upload and download speeds of 750 megabits per second (mbps), starting Jan. 14.

Before LeVar Burton was Kunta Kinte in the 1977 TV miniseries Roots or host of the long-running and much-loved PBS children’s show Reading Rainbow, he was a little boy watching his mother read piles of books in their California home. It was that scene that would spark in the actor a lifelong passion for ­storytelling. After completing 26 seasons of Reading Rainbow, Burton is still evangelizing about the power of ­literacy.

The new partnership between the social networking giant's Techstart program and the state of Arkansas will bring virtual reality, more computers and cameras to classrooms. With the agreement between Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Facebook, the company will provide 500 virtual reality classroom kits that include computers, cameras and the Oculus Rift headsets.

 

Fairlawn, Ohio is about a third of the way through the build-out of FairlawnGig, a fiber-optic and wireless broadband network designed, operated and maintained by Fujitsu Network Communications on behalf of the city. It will give nearby residents and businesses speeds of 1 gigbit/sec to 100 gigabit/sec -- more than 20 times faster than anything currently available.

Jini Kim’s relationship with Medicaid is business and personal. Her San Francisco start-up, Nuna, while working with the federal government, has built a cloud-computing database of the nation’s 74 million Medicaid patients and their treatment.

Not everyone in Pope County has access to high-speed Internet, and county officials are working to improve that access and to provide faster speeds in all areas of the county. The first step in that effort is to determine what areas of the county are lacking access and speed and what residents would like to see improved.

For the first time in several years, spending on smartphones, tablets, TVs and computers will account for less than half of all consumer tech revenue, according to the Consumer Technology Association, as ample opportunity grows even further for makers of smart underwear, robots and odor-emitting alarm clocks. Increased enthusiasm for connected devices and other emerging technologies will propel consumer spending for electronic products to $292 billion this year, up $4.8 billion from the previous year.

With the advancement of technology, we have become more connected with each other. Yet the current estimates say only 40 percent of the global population is connected to the Internet. That is why more and more innovations are being created to bring the Internet even to the places which are very difficult to access. Here are some of the new Internet technologies that will revolutionize how we connect with each other in the future.

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