IT Trends :: Thursday, April 13, 2006

Deals, Contracts, Awards

Missouri State Students Get Access to IBM Technology

IBM's Academic Initiative benefits roughly 1,900 higher education institutions. As part of this program, Missouri State students and instructors receive $5 million worth of materials and training. The two-year-old program is designed to better prepare students to become leaders in the technology and business industry. Students will get experience working with the latest software in use at businesses. Instructors will get assistance from IBM technology specialists in developing the curriculum for the coursework in various areas...(Kansas City Star)

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Google-EarthLink Selected for San Fran Wi-Fi Project

San Francisco is well on its way to becoming the largest city with free wireless access, thanks to a recent city panel recommendation. After a six-week review, the panel’s recommendation allows the city to begin negotiations with Google and EarthLink. The companies will pay to build the entire network, which is expected to cost at least $15 million. EarthLink envisions charging roughly $20 per month for the ability to surf the Web at speeds four to five times faster than Google's free service, which would be financed with a heavy dose of ads...(CNN.com)

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