Urbana, IL

Mayor Diane W. Marlin

Illinois
Total Population: 41,752
Population Density: 4,975 (people/sq.mi.)
Land Mass: 17 (sq.mi.)…………

“I consider gigabit level broadband service to be an essential part of our community’s infrastructure.  Now that our “core institutions” are connected, our goal is to extend access to fast and affordable service to every neighborhood in Urbana to support entrepreneurship, education, health care, and civic participation.”

The city is recognized as a statewide fiber provider, meaning after it can offer all Highland residents its high-speed fiber plans, it can expand to other cities in the state, potentially giving it an additional revenue stream down the road. City officials haven’t yet decided if they will pursue those opportunities.

Highland is also beginning to focus on additional ways to utilize its network. In addition to attracting tech companies, the city would like to help equip its residents with the skills necessary to make them attractive candidates in the 21st century economy, specifically in IT related fields.  The main purpose of these workforce development programs will be to develop coders who can one day be hired by a company, or start his or her own business, right here in Highland, Il.

The foundation of the UC2B network will be the fiber-optic “backbone” infrastructure that will be constructed with the grant money. The grant also will provide “fiber-to-the-premises” (FTTP) connectivity directly to well over 150 Community Anchor Institutions throughout Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy and to households in several underserved neighborhoods in Champaign and Urbana.

This direct connectivity will enable improved access/support to health care, educational and recreational institutions, public safety and government agencies, and social service and religious organizations, as well as increased access to public computing centers.

and a sustainable adoption and educational outreach program for vulnerable populations.

Training, entertainment, and social networking opportunities will also be enhanced.

“As with any other initiative, we are stronger when we work together.  Our community can learn from the experiences of others, identify best practices, gain access to resources and tools, and advocate for broadband access at the state and federal levels.”

The city is recognized as a statewide fiber provider, meaning after it can offer all Highland residents its high-speed fiber plans, it can expand to other cities in the state, potentially giving it an additional revenue stream down the road. City officials haven’t yet decided if they will pursue those opportunities.

Highland is also beginning to focus on additional ways to utilize its network. In addition to attracting tech companies, the city would like to help equip its residents with the skills necessary to make them attractive candidates in the 21st century economy, specifically in IT related fields.  The main purpose of these workforce development programs will be to develop coders who can one day be hired by a company, or start his or her own business, right here in Highland, Il.

The foundation of the UC2B network will be the fiber-optic “backbone” infrastructure that will be constructed with the grant money. The grant also will provide “fiber-to-the-premises” (FTTP) connectivity directly to well over 150 Community Anchor Institutions throughout Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy and to households in several underserved neighborhoods in Champaign and Urbana.

This direct connectivity will enable improved access/support to health care, educational and recreational institutions, public safety and government agencies, and social service and religious organizations, as well as increased access to public computing centers.

and a sustainable adoption and educational outreach program for vulnerable populations.

Training, entertainment, and social networking opportunities will also be enhanced.

UC2B (Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband), was started in 2009 as a consortium of Urbana, Champaign and the University of Illinois. In 2010. UC2B was awarded $22 million in federal grant dollars through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and also received $3.5 million in state grant money, as well as $3 million in local match contributions. By 2013, a fiber optic infrastructure, with seven backbone rings, was built throughout the two communities and Internet service was being directly provided to approximately 1,100 homes in low-income neighborhoods at a bargain rate of $19.99 a month. Broadband service is also now being provided to about 250 anchor institutions like schools, government offices, UI facilities, social service agencies and churches.

UC2B’s governmental structure was converted from a consortium to a not-for-profit corporation in October 2013, with Urbana, Champaign and the UI each making three appointments to a nine-member governing board. On May 29, 2014, UC2B announced a unique partnership with ITV-3, a privately-held Family Video company, under which the company will operate the network and work toward a full build-out of service to Champaign-Urbana residents.

Neighborhoods will be extended broadband service once at least half of the residences indicate their interest in signing up for Gigabit Internet. Urbana and Champaign are now touting UC2B and Gigabit Internet to attract economic development to the community.

The city is recognized as a statewide fiber provider, meaning after it can offer all Highland residents its high-speed fiber plans, it can expand to other cities in the state, potentially giving it an additional revenue stream down the road. City officials haven’t yet decided if they will pursue those opportunities.

Highland is also beginning to focus on additional ways to utilize its network. In addition to attracting tech companies, the city would like to help equip its residents with the skills necessary to make them attractive candidates in the 21st century economy, specifically in IT related fields.  The main purpose of these workforce development programs will be to develop coders who can one day be hired by a company, or start his or her own business, right here in Highland, Il.

The foundation of the UC2B network will be the fiber-optic “backbone” infrastructure that will be constructed with the grant money. The grant also will provide “fiber-to-the-premises” (FTTP) connectivity directly to well over 150 Community Anchor Institutions throughout Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy and to households in several underserved neighborhoods in Champaign and Urbana.

This direct connectivity will enable improved access/support to health care, educational and recreational institutions, public safety and government agencies, and social service and religious organizations, as well as increased access to public computing centers.

and a sustainable adoption and educational outreach program for vulnerable populations.

Training, entertainment, and social networking opportunities will also be enhanced.