Almost all of Illinois is within reach of high-speed Internet. A five-year report from the Partnership for a Connected Illinois says 99.75 percent of the state has access to it. Actually merging onto the information superhighway is a different story. “The price varies, but it’s available even in the rural, agrarian areas,” says executive director Phil Halstead.
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“Only 69 percent have adopted. The great challenge is to get that 31 percent.” Halstead, who credits Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for making broadband a priority in the state, says the funding for his organization runs out April 30.