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Local providers reacting to FCC's net neutrality repeal

Local internet service providers now reacting after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules this week. What does that mean for consumers? Billy Williams is the President and co-founder of Computer Techniques, Inc., a local communications provider in Taylorville. He says although this could be a big win for internet providers, he doesn’t think companies will want the public relations issues that could come with providing non-neutral internet access.
 
 
The repeal allows internet providers to block or slow down web content and offer paid prioritization for websites through the provider.
 


Davis Announces Nominees for U.S. Service Academies

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis announced Friday that he nominated 11 students for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies.The nominations for these students were made following an application and interview process. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.
 
“As a Member of Congress, I have the privilege of nominating these accomplished young men and women to our nation’s service academies,” said Davis. “The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military upon graduation, so I applaud these students for their decision to serve and wish them the best of luck.”
 
Members of Congress are asked to nominate candidates to the U.S. Service Academies each year, and the number of vacancies for each congressional district is determined by law. It is recommended that applicants contact the academy or academies of their choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire, which is the first step in the Admission Office’s evaluation.
 
For more information or to obtain an application packet for next year’s nominations, contact Congressman Davis’ Normal office at (309) 252-8834.

Loss of Net Neutrality Will Hurt

Is net neutrality a real issue for consumers of the internet in small cities and rural areas? Democrat State Senator Michael Hastings says it is. No matter where you live, you want to have quick access the latest information on the web. He says wherever you find yourself - speedy and open access to the web is critical.
 
 
Hastings says the FCC vote on Thursday is a setback for small businesses in Illinois and may harm the start up and tech industry in the state. 

Give A Safe Gift This Year

It’s getting to be crunch time for holiday shoppers so if you’re running out of ideas then give some practical gifts. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says you can fill the up the bottom the tree with something that might keep someone safe.
 
 
That’s Patti Thompson with IEMA. Other ideas include a safety kit for car that might include jumper cables, a blanket and a flashlight.

Weekly Weather Summary

While we haven't seen much snow so far this December, state climatologist Jim Angel tells us the chances of a white Christmas in Illinois.
 

The Vault Still Fundraising In Hopes for 2018 Opening

With the holiday season in full swing, a local non-profit hopes you'll consider them for your charitable giving.
 
The Vault is a youth oriented center in Clinton that will be located on the square and their leader, Michelle Witzke says they have made a lot of progress but there is still a lot left to accomplish. With that in mind, she hopes any charitable giving you do this holiday season, you'll consider making them part of your plans.
 
 
While one-time gifts this time of year are appreciated, Witzke explains they are beginning to enroll ongoing givers. She explains they have started a program for monthly giving for anyone interested.
 
 
While financial contributions are very much welcome and appreciated, Witzke hopes skilled laborers will consider giving of their time or supplies. She says having those contributions could be a big boost in the future.
 
According to Witzke, The Vault has raised just short of $260,000 and they would like to reach $300,000 by years end. She also points out they are a 501-C3 charitable organization.
 
She indicates reaching $300,000 would allow them to open their first floor of the former Indecent X-Posure building on the square and achieve part of their goal for providing a safe place for youth to go in the community.

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