UC2B Champaign Urbana Big Broadband

UC2B Champaign Urbana Big Broadband

Champaign : IL : USA | Jan 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM PST
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What is UC2B? UC2B is an intergovernmental consortium of the University of

Illinois and the cities of Urbana and Champaign working collaboratively to the

building and functioning of an open-access fiber optic broadband network

throughout the Champaign Urbana area including Savoy.

Let's face it! No underserved neighborhood, whether in a rural or city

community, should be without an open-access fiber optic broadband network.

Understanding the fact that these are changing time in this new 21st century,

every person, regardless of class or social status, should have accessibility to

this superhighway of information through modern technology. Whether one

chooses to use this technology or not, he or she will always have it within

their reach.

This new fiber-optic "backbone" infrastructure, which is the foundation of

the UC2B network, will be built with a $22.5 million grant money that was

made possible through the U.S. Department of Commerce's national telecom-

munications and information administration. With the state of Illinois way

behind in paying its own bills since 2010, it is nice to know that they are think-

ing about folk in these small cities by providing a $3.5 million grant along with

other local matching dollars which added an additional $3.4 million dollars to

complete the funding of this project.

The contractor for this project is Western Utility Contractors, Inc. from

University Park, Illinois. Assistant city engineer, Tony Vandeventer of the

City of Champaign Public Works Department expects little disruption during

the construction phase. Mr. Vandeventer also said that construction work in

this area, the northend of Chempaign, is expected to take a couple of

months to complete. He also claim that the installation of this entire fiber

optic network within the city and township is expected to be completed by

February 2013. According to recent sources from the local WILL radio NPR

news satellite, some neighborhoods could have access to some parts of this

network as early as April 2012.

Perhaps citizens in Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy should thank the

policy making committee members consisting of representatives from the

University of Illinois, the city of Champaign, and the city of Urbana which

makes up the UC2B consortium for the implementation of this project which

will greatly enhance the community as a whole. This new fiber-optice network

will be directly connected to over 150 community anchor institutions as well as

public safety and government agencies.

For more information or questions about this project please call David

Happ at 217-403-4710. To sign up for monthly internet service, please con-

tact them at 217-366-8222. To learn more about UC2B Urbana Champaign

Big Broadland, go to their website at: www.UC2B.net

There email address is: info@UC2B.net

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SteveRhoden is based in Champaign, Illinois, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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