iTV-3 ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION OF GIGABIT FIBER-OPTIC BROADBAND IN URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

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iTV-3 ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION OF GIGABIT FIBER-OPTIC BROADBAND IN URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

URBANA, Illinois, November 26, 2014 – The first Urbana-Champaign residents will soon be connected to some of the fastest Internet speeds in the country. Local broadband provider iTV-3 today announced construction and expansion of the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) network.

iTV-3 will begin construction in the first Urbana neighborhood located around Pennsylvania Ave. and Vine St. in Urbana. This neighborhood was the first to reach the needed 50 percent of sign-ups in order for iTV-3 to expand.

Want to ensure your neighborhood is the next to be connected? All Urbana-Champaign neighborhoods are encouraged to continue signing up at www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com. A frequently-updated neighborhood status map is available on the website with the numbers of sign-ups needed in each neighborhood. The expansion is driven by demand and iTV-3 will provide service in sectors where at least 50 percent of residents request service.

“We are excited to begin construction on the first neighborhood in Urbana-Champaign. The enthusiasm for getting iTV-3 fiber optic Internet from the residents of this neighborhood was tremendous,” said Levi Dinkla, Vice President at iTV-3. “We are already seeing the effects of that enthusiasm on other neighborhoods as more and more people sign up. When we partnered with UC2B our vision was to bring gigabit fiber-optic speeds to every home and business in the community. Today’s announcement is yet another step toward achieving that vision. We look forward to getting many more neighborhoods to the necessary interest level over the next few months and a very busy construction season in 2015.”

iTV-3 and the UC2B not-for-profit board announced their partnership in May. iTV-3 will operate and expand the UC2B network, enabling Urbana-Champaign to be one of the few communities in the U.S. with gigabit fiber-optic Internet.

University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise applauded the innovative public-private partnership between UC2B and iTV-3. “This is another great step forward in bringing new levels of high speed broadband access to the campus and local communities. This is exactly what we envisioned when iTV-3 was chosen as the UC2B partner and we’re all excited to see it taking shape so quickly.”

University of Illinois CIO Mark Henderson acknowledged the network’s ability to spur innovation in the University and surrounding community. “Gigabit access provided via this network enables innovation, including high-speed access to medical, educational, and social resources for our community. Broadband access can also serve as a cornerstone for economic development. Having broadband assets can attract start-ups and other businesses to our region. Further, this network is a slice of a nationwide innovation platform where gigabit applications can be developed through programs like US Ignite and GigU.”

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard recognized the national impact of this announcement. “With the net neutrality debate coming to a head on the national level, I am grateful citizens in Champaign have the opportunity to choose UC2B as the network and iTV-3 as a cable, television and digital voice option. I am already signed up, and very much look forward to the day when my neighborhood is on the docket to be built-out. We are on the brink of a new revolution and Champaign is poised to be in the lead as the U.S. bridges the digital divide.”

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing is delighted to know that her neighborhood is near the 50 percent needed to get service installed. “High-speed Internet opens up tremendous options for people who work from home as well as offering entertainment, education and world-wide communications.”

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 1990’s, 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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CONTACT:
Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, UC2B Board Chair, bowersox@uc2b.net
Levi Dinkla, iTV-3 Vice President, levi.dinkla@itv3.com

October Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28 at 713 Edgebrook Drive in Champaign.

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

To download a PDF of the full board packet, including an agenda and minutes from the September board meeting, click here.

 

October Sign-Up Drive

Eager for gigabit service in your neighborhood?

Register with iTV-3 before Oct. 31 to show your interest.

Can’t wait for ultra-fast iTV-3 broadband at home? The Fall Sign-Up runs thruFriday, October 31.  We’re encouraging Champaign and Urbana residents to sign-up for service this month at www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com.

Our goal: Collect enough sign-ups in at least one neighborhood in both Champaign and Urbana before Oct. 31. The sign-up period will determine which neighborhoods will be the first to see construction before Winter!

Why are a certain number of sign-ups needed? iTV-3 wants to know that there are enough interested residents in order to begin construction. Check the map atwww.ThePerfectUpgrade.com to see how many sign-ups are needed in your neighborhood!

iTV-3 is currently canvassing in our community with door-to-door staff, yard signs, flyers at Family Video stores, and speaking engagements at community events to get the word out.

You can help by telling your friends and neighbors about the Fall Sign-Up drive! Spread the word that October is your neighborhood’s chance to get  in on the first wave of construction.

We can’t wait to expand gigabit service to all of Champaign-Urbana. Thanks for your support!

iTV-3 Resource for Community Outreach

Eager to spread the word about iTV-3 service in your neighborhood? Trying to convince a family member or friend that switching providers is worth it? iTV-3 is a family-owned company with a great customer service reputation in Illinois. They’ve provided a downloadable flyer that explains service options, prices, and contains a sign-up link.

Click here to download

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UC2B Expansion Letter & Email Distributed

All community members who pledged money towards the UC2B expansion should have received the below letter or email outlining next steps and network progress. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to bringing world-class internet to Champaign-Urbana. Questions? Email operations@uc2b.net

Download the PDF or see full text below.


August 15, 2014

Dear UC2B Pledge Holder:

Thank you for your interest in and continued support of UC2B. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with iTV-3 – an Illinois company and a sister company of Family Video. This partnership allows us to join forces with a competent and customer-service oriented company that will operate our current network, manage our current customers, and expand the network to bring high-speed fiber-optic broadband service to all of Champaign-Urbana. Please visit uc2b.com/faq for more information about the partnership.

We hope that you will be as excited about this partnership as we are at both UC2B and iTV-3. If you pledged money toward expansion, you have a couple of options on how to proceed from here. The money that you pledged is still safely in an account at Busey Bank, and if you’d like, you can leave your money exactly as it is. The money that you put in is still your money, and will be credited toward your bill once your service is installed.

You are already in our system and have been counted towards the 50 percent threshold for ITV-3 to begin construction in your neighborhood. The money that is deposited in the UC2B escrow account will be applied to your bill with iTV-3 once service is activated. You can also check to see how many additional signups are required in your neighborhood in order to initiate construction and installation of your fiber optic service by viewing the neighborhood maps at maps.itv-3.com/champaign-urbana. Once construction is set to begin in your neighborhood, ITV-3 will be contacting you about the level of service desired.

Your second option is to receive a refund of the money you pledged toward expansion. Although we truly hope you will continue to support us and keep your expansion pledge as it is, we understand if you would like your money back, and we are happy to process a refund. We do ask that you allow 7-15 business days for us to process this request. To request a refund, please email info@itv-3.com with your name and address. We will be sad to see you go, but encourage you to sign up in the future at ThePerfectUpgrade.com if you change your mind.

Questions? Visit uc2b.com (under Announcements) and ThePerfectUpgrade.com to learn more. You may also email info@itv-3.com or call at 309-689-0711.

We sincerely appreciate your support, and look forward to the opportunity to serve you through the iTV-3 partnership.

Sincerely, The UC2B/ITV-3 Team

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 26 at 713 Edgebrook Drive in Champaign. Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday and are open to the public. The agenda for the August 26, 2014 meeting is below.

UC2B Not-For-Profit Monthly Board Meeting

I. Call to Order Roll Call and Determine Quorum

II. Public Comment

III. *Action/Discussion Items:

a. *Approval of Minutes – August 12 Meeting Minutes

b. Introduction – Roxana Ryan

c. Monthly Legal and Non-Profit Transition Update – Dave Krchak and Mandi Alt

d. Monthly Financial Update – Leslie/Treasurer

e. ITV3 Update

f. Two-year Budget Discussion

IV. Future Agenda Items

V. Board Member Comments

VI. Adjournment

Incorrect Due Date on June Invoices

A glitch in our billing system caused June invoices to show both an Invoice Date and a Due Date of 6/1.

The due date for June invoices is NOT 6/1, and there will NOT be service interruptions for June payments received after 6/15.

We apologize for the confusion, and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Please email billing@uc2b.net with any questions!

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New UC2B NFP Website

UC2B NFP has a redesigned website! As part of this, we look forward to soon accepting online payments. Thank you for your patience as we have worked through this process. For billing information, you can go to the Billing section of the website.

Our last post from August, 2013, addressed the fact that we were in the process of transitioning from an Intergovernmental Consortium to a not-for-profit entity. The past several months have been a surge of activity as we have made this transition. We got a new board, moved into a new office building, transferred database and billing systems more than once, trained new staff – all while maintaining the daily operations of the UC2B Network and ISP. This whole process has been an incredible learning opportunity for all of us involved, and an endeavor about which we all are still very passionate.

In the midst of the extensive details inherent in starting up a business from scratch, we have also been enthusiastically continuing to pursue the expansion effort that we believe will make UC2B NFP viable long term. As we mentioned in that post from August, it has always been in UC2B’s long-term goal to seek a private partnership to expand the network to the rest of the community, and we continue seeking the right partner for our community.

We recognize that it is only through the support of our community that we can be successful, and we cannot overstate how thankful we are for your ongoing support of us.