It’s happening! C-U Residents Connect to Gigabit Network

It’s happening! C-U Residents Connect to Gigabit Network

Installations Underway, More Users Plugging in Daily

It’s happening! C-U residents are being connected to some of the fastest internet speeds in the country. 

An initial round of installations began last week in the first Urbana neighborhood approved for construction earlier this year (generally bordered by Florida, Vine, Michigan, and Busey). The expansion of the UC2B network is a result of the unique public-private partnership between the UC2B not-for-profit and local telecommunications provider iTV-3.

This is only the beginning. Three other neighborhoods have been approved for construction, and additional households are set to be connected to the gigabit fiber-optic network in the coming weeks and months.

iTV-3’s ongoing expansion of the UC2B network adds to the approximately 1,100 households, 300 community anchor institutions, and 150 businesses already connected to the UC2B network. Champaign-Urbana has been a gigabit community since 2012 and was one of the first communities in the U.S. to construct this type of network.

While multiple announcements about “new gigabit networks” in other parts of the country have been in the news, Champaign-Urbana’s position is incredibly unique.

Right now, a fiber-optic backbone is already in the ground, a public-private partnership has been formed to expand the network, the construction and massive investment needed to expand the network is actually happening, and subscribers are being connected to the network! This expansion brings increased competition, choice, and innovation to the C-U market.

Additionally, earlier phases of construction are ongoing in other C-U neighborhoods. There are iTV-3 crews working to string fiber-optic cable down streets in the approved Urbana neighborhoods. Installing the fiber to each home and connecting users is the next step.  Stay tuned, the best is yet to come!

The photo below shows an iTV-3 installer connecting one of the first C-U households to the fiber-optic network.

“iTV-3 Showed Up, and Now This is My Internet!”

Ever wonder how fast iTV-3’s speeds really are? One Urbana resident shared his installation experience.

Below is an an email the UC2B and iTV-3 team received from a happy Urbana resident. 

I thought I would share my iTV3 installation experience from this morning… The very nice tech showed up exactly as promised at 8:30 AM, discussed options for installing the cable, drilled a hole, hooked it up, and now THIS IS MY INTERNET!

For comparison, this is my DSL service at a house on California Ave:

Download speed is 180 times faster, upload speed is 540 times faster. Comcast is faster than AT&T, so maybe it’s only 30 or 40 times faster than those guys. 

I bought an HD movie in iTunes just to see how long it would take to download (under 4 minutes for a 3.86GB movie). This download speed was probably limited by my WiFi connection (which is about 260Mb/s since I’m using an older laptop), not by the iTV3 link.

Weeeeeee!

–Theo

P.S. Currently the “wire” is just laying out in my yard. Apparently some time in a few days someone is going to come with a knife plow to bury it. If they do it the same way Comcast did last time, it is just a thin blade that is dragged through the ground, not an actual ditch.

P.P.S. I asked the tech and looked at the fiber coming in, and it does appear that there is no metal involved, just plastic and maybe glass. This is good because it eliminates a potential path for lighting surges. Last year I lost a cable modem and wireless router due to a power surge that unquestionably came through the network connection, not the power line (and my neighbor lost a TV). That will no longer be possible.”

Neighborhood Canvassing Continues

Look for iTV-3 sales reps wearing orange shirts

– iTV-3 sales crews are still canvassing in the neighborhood south of Illinois St. and east of Vine St. (South of Urbana’s City Hall).

– Teams are also in the Myra Ridge neighborhood, southeast of Windsor Road. 

– Canvassing in a variety of Champaign neighborhoods will also begin soon. Stay tuned for details! 

 

August Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015  at:

Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday and are open to the public.

To download a PDF of the board meeting packet click the link below.

08.25.2015 – UC2B NFP – Meeting Packet

iTV-3 Announces Construction of Gigabit Internet in Two New Champaign-Urbana Neighborhoods

Two new Champaign-Urbana neighborhoods will soon be connected to iTV-3’s gigabit fiber-optic broadband services.

These neighborhoods, both located in Urbana, recently reached the needed 50 percent of household commitments for iTV-3 to approve construction. Construction is expected to begin in these neighborhoods within the next 60 days.

The neighborhoods announced today are loosely bordered by:

  • Illinois St., Vine St., Washington St., and S. Birch St.
  • W. Iowa St., Busey Ave., and W. Nevada St. (directly north of Carle Park)

By expanding the network where there is the greatest demand, iTV-3 is allowing Champaign-Urbana to decide where construction begins first. To see how many signups are needed in your neighborhood, visit the neighborhood status map atmaps.itv-3.com/champaign-urbana. Visit www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com to build a service package.

The ongoing expansion by iTV-3 adds to the approximately 1,100 households, 300 community anchor institutions, and 150 businesses connected to the UC2B network. Champaign-Urbana has been a gigabit community since 2012 and was one of the first communities in the U.S. to construct this type of network. Through the expansion and private-public partnership with iTV-3, households continue to be connected to ultra-fast speeds, state-of-the-art economic opportunities, education, and healthcare services.

Meanwhile, construction has started in the second neighborhood to be approved by iTV-3. Sales representatives are continuing to canvas neighborhoods throughout the community to collect sign-ups. The iTV-3 sales team can also be found in local Family Video stores and at the weekly Urbana Farmer’s Market.

Residents in the neighborhoods that are currently under construction or about to be constructed can still sign up for gigabit service. New sign-ups will still receive free installation, a savings of approximately $500!

Contact Trevor Rice, iTV-3 Market Director, with questions at Trevor.Rice@itv-3.com. Visit www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com to learn about triple-play packages, available speeds, and more.

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July Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015  at:

Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday and are open to the public.

To download a PDF of the board meeting packet click the link below.

07.28.2015 – UC2B NFP – Meeting Packet

June Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015  at:

Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday and are open to the public.

To download a PDF of the board meeting packet click the link below.

06.30.2015 – UC2B NFP – Meeting Packet

iTV-3 Seeks Sales Representatives

The local iTV-3 sales team is growing!

iTV-3 is seeking team members in Champaign-Urbana to help spread the word about one of the fastest fiber-optic networks in the country

Please contact Trevor Rice, iTV-3 Market Director, at trevor.rice@itv-3.com with questions about the below position and share with anyone who might be a good fit. Thanks for your support! 

Position: iTV-3 Sales Representative 
At iTV-3 our services are transmitted over our brand new 100% Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network. This means that iTV-3’s fiber runs directly INTO our customers home. It doesn’t stop up the block somewhere like our competition. This makes us not only the new choice, but the better choice for Internet, Television, and Voice services in the Champaign/ Urbana area. We’re in the process of expanding our outside sales team and we want you to apply!

We are seeking individuals who are:

  • Self motivated, Positive, Outgoing, Friendly
  • Available to work weekday afternoons & early evenings
  • As well as weekends- A few hours anytime during the day Saturday

Working for iTV-3:

As a Door to Door Sales Professional, you’ll be responsible for signing up new residential customers within an assigned neighborhood. You’ll be visiting with residents at their homes and informing them about the benefits of switching from their current providers over to a 100% Fiber to the home (FTTH) connection through iTV-3.

With the iTV-3 team, you can expect:

  • One on One Sales Training
  • UNLIMITED growth potential!
  • $15-20+ per hour average
  • Make your own schedule
  • Build your resume
  • No manual labor
  • Fun atmosphere
  • Paid days off and benefits for F/T positions

At iTV-3 our product is better, our prices are lower, and our people set us apart!

If you meet these requirements and are interested in what iTV-3 has to offer then apply today at www.itv-3.com/careers.php?

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

iTV-3 Announces Construction in Second Urbana Neighborhood

A new Champaign-Urbana neighborhood will soon be connected to iTV-3 gigabit fiber-optic broadband.

iTV-3 announced today that a second Urbana neighborhood in the area roughly south of Florida Ave., east of Race St., west of Vine St., and north of McHenry St. has reached the needed number of sign-ups for iTV-3 to begin construction.

Meanwhile, crews are continuing construction in the neighborhood directly north (the first area to gather the needed number of sign-ups) and are laying conduit and vaults down each street. In early May, local officials, iTV-3 representatives, and UC2B board members celebrated the kickoff of construction in the first neighborhood with a groundbreaking ceremony. Click here to view a recording of the event.

Additional C-U neighborhoods are very close to hitting the 50% commitment level and could see construction soon. Visit www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com to help push your neighborhood over the threshold. To download a PDF brochure with iTV-3’s packages, click here.

Contact: Trevor Rice, iTV-3 Market Director, trevor.rice@itv-3.com

Full Video: iTV-3 Groundbreaking

UPTV6 kindly provided audio and video support at the May 8 iTV-3 and UC2B groundbreaking ceremony in Urbana.

Click here to view the full recording on YouTube or view it below in your browser.

Click here to view the media advisory from the groundbreaking.

 

iTV-3 Groundbreaking Brings Gigabit Fiber-Optic Internet to C-U

MEDIA ADVISORY                        

Contacts:
Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, UC2B Board Chair, bowersox@uc2b.net
Levi Dinkla, iTV-3 Vice President, levi.dinkla@itv-3.com

iTV-3 EXPANSION BRINGS GIGABIT FIBER-OPTIC INTERNET TO URBANA-CHAMPAIGN HOUSEHOLDS

Groundbreaking event set for May 8 in first eligible neighborhood

MAY 4, 2015, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Illinois—Households throughout Champaign-Urbana will soon have access to one of the fastest gigabit networks in the country. After completing multiple stages of engineering and network upgrades, iTV-3’s expansion of gigabit fiber-to-the-home service has officially kicked off in the first qualified C-U neighborhood.

Local public officials (including both Champaign and Urbana mayors), business leaders, and community members will celebrate iTV-3’s expansion of the UC2B network in a groundbreaking ceremony planned for Friday, May 8. This expansion will position Champaign-Urbana as one of the few cities in the country delivering gigabit fiber-optic Internet to households.

Since announcing a private-public partnership with the UC2B not-for-profit last spring, iTV-3 has worked behind the scenes to upgrade the core of the network in a brand new datacenter. Each of the core routers can handle 16Tbps of traffic. This equates to downloading the entire Netflix catalog of content in less than 30 minutes.

iTV-3 is also installing new fiber-to-the-home equipment in the Champaign-Urbana area to meet the future needs of the community. The new core network will serve the entire iTV-3 footprint with gigabit services, with ample room for expansion. iTV-3 will be able to expand the network and eventually provide gigabit service beyond the 45,000 households and businesses in the Champaign-Urbana area to more than 250,000 homes across its service area.

Expanding the network to more homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions is the next step in positioning Champaign-Urbana as a leading gigabit city, with opportunities to unleash the digital economy, create next-generation jobs, and offer cutting-edge health care and education. iTV-3, a family-owned company headquartered in East Peoria, was selected as a private partner to expand and manage the UC2B network last spring.

iTV-3 construction crews are currently working in the first Urbana neighborhood that reached the number of sign-ups required for construction to begin. The neighborhood is loosely bounded by Busey Avenue, Florida Avenue, Vine Street, and Michigan Avenue. Residents in this area still have time to sign up for no-cost installation.

A groundbreaking event is planned for 11a.m. on Friday, May 8 at the home of Bruce Komadina and Jenny Putman, 402 W. Delaware, Urbana (the intersection of Carle and Delaware). The event is open to the public and full details are below.

UC2B and iTV-3 officials believe construction in the first neighborhood will help drive demand throughout the community. There are currently two other areas very close to reaching the 50% demand requirement, and construction could also begin there soon. Updates to the neighborhood map at www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com are made often and reflect the number of sign-ups needed in each area.

iTV-3 offers a full range of triple play (television, phone, and Internet) services with a number of options and speeds along with payment plans. To download a PDF with triple play options and prices, visit www.itv-3.com/downloads/UC2B_Flyer_v2.03.26.pdf.  More details, along with a channel guide for the Champaign-Urbana market, can be found atwww.ThePerfectUpgrade.com.

iTV-3 is a subsidiary of the Illinois-based family-owned company that owns and operates more than 775 Family Video stores in 19 states and Canada. Family Video is the largest movie and game rental chain in the United States. Family Video has three stores in Champaign-Urbana. It has been in the Internet Service Provider business since the mid 1990s, and has provided fiber-based services since 2009. Learn more at www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com.

UC2B is a not-for-profit organization created by the Cities of Urbana and Champaign and the University of Illinois to oversee the UC2B fiber optic network throughout the community. UC2B started as an intergovernmental consortium in 2010 to build and operate the UC2B fiber-optic network using federal and state grants with local matching funds. For more information about UC2B, visit www.uc2b.net.

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GROUNDBREAKING LOGISTICS

Organizers: iTV-3 and UC2B Not-for-Profit

When: 11a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015  (event is estimated to last for 30 minutes)

Where: Home of Bruce Komadina & Jenny Putman, 402 W. Delaware, Urbana (Intersection of Carle and Delaware)

Scheduled to speak:  

  • Deb Feinen, Chamapign Mayor Elect
  • Laurel Prussing, Urbana Mayor
  • Levi Dinkla, Vice President, iTV-3
  • Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, UC2B Board Chair
  • Dr. Jon Gant, University of Illinois, Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, UC2B Board Member
  • Craig Rost, Executive Director, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
  • Celeste Choate, Executive Director, The Urbana Free Library
  • Mike Smeltzer, University of Illinois (Retired), Principal Investigator of the UC2B federal grant from the Department of Commerce

Audience: The event is open to the public. Please make plans to attend and share the invitation with anyone who’s interested in making Champaign-Urbana a gigabit city!

Learn more and see construction photos on UC2B’s social media:
facebook.com/UC2Bfiber and twitter.com/UC2Bfiber

May Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26,2015  at:

Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday and are open to the public.

To download a PDF of the board meeting packet click the link below.

05.26.2015 – UC2B NFP – Meeting Packet