Whiteside County is taking the first step in providing the entire county with robust, reliable, and affordable fiber broadband internet access. The county joins the Village of Elsah, Jackson County, Knox County, Mercer County and the City of Springfield in the inaugural cohort of the Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program.

Accelerate Illinois – a collaboration between the Illinois Office of Broadband, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, and University of Illinois Extension – offers local governments an intensive 14-week community engagement and planning program with expert support provided by the Benton Institute. The collaboration opportunity is made possible through the financial support of Heartland Forward and its Connecting the Heartland Initiative.