A study commissioned by Verizon Wireless found that 59 percent of Birmingham households own wireless phones. The national average is about 23 percent. Birmingham has seven to eight major wireless providers, compared to the typical two to three. -- Birmingham Post-Herald


Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer unveiled Alaskas new online business licensing program in November in Anchorage. Alaskan business owners can now obtain, renew, update and print their state business licenses online.


Parents now have a new tool when shopping for a charter school. The Web site includes information about schools test scores, report cards from the state and the experience level of teachers. Information can be found by selecting a school name, district or city. -- The Arizona Republic


The Office of the State Treasurer launched a new Web site in November. Features include an interactive search for outstanding treasury warrants, online submittal of forms and the ability for agencies to track and manage their investments.


Alan Autry, mayor of Fresno, answered questions from residents for 90 minutes in late November during an Internet forum held by He made a promise to repeat his online appearance every three months. -- Fresno Bee


Gov. Bill Owens announced in November that the state is providing funds to four areas of rural Colorado for the purpose of furthering their telecommunications capabilities. The grants were offered to two counties for telecommunications planning and two additional grants were provided for actual implementation of telecommunications connectivity.


General Electric pledged $11 million over the next five years to help the University of Connecticut become a leader in e-business and engineering. The donation is the largest single corporate investment in the school. The money will be used to create a lab at the Stamford campus where students, faculty and GE Capital executives will analyze e-projects. -- USA Today


State Personnel Director Harriet Smith Windsor and State Treasurer Jack Markell launched Delawares new online application form in November. Citizens can now apply for employment with the state of Delaware on the Internet via the State Personnel Department Web site.


In November, Education Commissioner Tom Gallagher announced TeacherNet, a new online teacher recruitment and support system. The site permits school districts to post job vacancies in one location and facilitates the placement of teachers resumes online for review by district personnel responsible for hiring teachers.


The University of Georgia will offer Internet courses in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian. The languages were chosen for the new program because they are not commonly taught in Georgia colleges and because of the importance of China, Russia and Japan in the global marketplace and politics, officials said. The courses will be offered through Georgia GLOBE. -- USA Today


In November, Gov. Ben Cayetano announced a plan to build a $125 million network access point and Internet data center on 54 acres of undeveloped land in Kapolei. The project is the largest of its kind in Hawaii and will offer a spectrum of services to businesses, from complex Web and server hosting to redundant data storage for disaster recovery.