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

April Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on April 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.

04.28.2015 – UC2B NFP – Meeting Packet

Special Board Meeting

UC2B NFP Special Board Meeting

Tuesday, 4/7/15

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CONFERENCE CALL

Dial In: 1 (773) 897-3015

Access Code: 309-484-789#

Click below to download agenda.

04.07.2015 – UC2B NFP – Special Agenda

March Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on March 31,2015  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 March agenda click the link below.

03.31.2015 Meeting Packet

i-TV3 Announces TV Packages for Urbana-Champaign Market

Fiber-optic network will deliver ultra high-speed Internet and television over one of the most innovative city-wide gigabit networks in the U.S.

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS, MARCH 6, 2015 –- Residents in Urbana-Champaign will soon have access to a variety of high-definition television packages in addition to ultra-fast broadband, all delivered over a world-class fiber-optic network from iTV-3 and the UC2B not-for-profit.

Franchise agreements with the cities of Urbana and Champaign were recently reached, allowing iTV-3 to add a suite of competitive channel packages to their lineup.The iTV-3 network is 100% fiber-optic and offers superior bandwidth capacity, reliability, and picture quality compared to traditional coaxial cable companies.

Signing up for service for both TV and Internet is easy and can be accessed atwww.ThePerfectUpgrade.com. As always, no contract is required for any iTV-3 services.

Three different tiers of television service are available with more than 300 available channels and thousands of on-demand movies. TV service is all-digital with uncompressed video quality at all times, allowing for the highest-quality picture. An assortment of DVR features are also offered among three distinctive television packages. In addition, a wide variety of sports channels and other family programming is included in the base package.

A final channel lineup will be available as soon as agreements with local networks are completed. A preliminary version of the lineup for the Champaign-Urbana market can be downloaded here.

Visit www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com to sign up for both gigabit Internet service and television. Prices and bundled options are displayed on the website, along with the number of sign-ups needed for each neighborhood. The network’s expansion is driven by demand and iTV-3 will expand service to any area that reaches a 50 percent sign-up commitment. No contract or deposit is required to sign up, but iTV-3 requires a valid credit card to verify the registration. iTV-3 will never charge customers before an installation appointment is scheduled and service is confirmed.

iTV-3 is a Peoria-based family-owned company and was selected by UC2B as a private partner to expand the existing gigabit fiber-optic backbone. Since the public-private partnership was announced in May 2014, numerous “behind the scenes” updates have been completed to enable fast, reliable speeds for future users throughout Urbana-Champaign. In November 2014, iTV-3 announced the first neighborhood to reach the required number of sign-ups. Construction is slated to start as early as possible this Spring.

For questions about iTV-3 television and fiber-optic broadband service, contact the iTV-3 office at 217-530-0333 or visit a local Family Video. iTV-3 sales teams will also be canvassing areas in Urbana and Champaign throughout the coming weeks to collect sign-ups and share information.

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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.

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

February Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on February 24,2015  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 February agenda click the link below.

02.24.2015 – Meeting Packet (REV)

FCC’S NEW BROADBAND DEFINITION BRINGS FASTER SPEEDS TO iTV-3 CUSTOMERS

CONTACT:

Levi Dinkla, iTV-3 Vice President, levi.dinkla@itv-3.com

Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, UC2B Board Chair, bowersox@uc2b.net

FCC’S NEW BROADBAND DEFINITION BRINGS FASTER SPEEDS TO iTV-3 CUSTOMERS

Local provider iTV-3 announces speed increase at no charge to existing customers

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, February 17, 2015— Prompted by a recent policy change at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to re-define broadband speed in the U.S. as 25 Mbps or higher, local broadband provider iTV-3 will also increase all bandwidth packages by 10 Mbps at no charge to customers.

According to Levi Dinka, Vice President at iTV-3, the change will ensure all iTV-3 customers exceed the FCC’s definition of broadband. The change, effective immediately, will be applied to all existing iTV-3/UC2B customers, not just residential users.

The below numbers show the previous and new speed packages offered by iTV-3.

Previous Speed        New Speed

20/20 Mbps                 30/30 Mbps

40/40 Mbps                 50/50 Mbps

50/50 Mbps                  60/60 Mbps

“We are increasing the speed tier of all existing Champaign and Urbana iTV-3 customers by 10 Mbps at no additional charge to ensure that every user will exceed the new FCC definition of broadband speed,” said Dinkla. “New areas will be constructed beginning this Spring, bringing gigabit Internet speeds to businesses and neighborhoods throughout the community.  iTV-3 gigabit Internet is yet another reason for people to be excited to live, work, and do business in Champaign and Urbana.”

The FCC’s decision to redefine broadband raises the minimum download speed from 4 Mbps to 25 Mbps and the minimum upload speed from 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps.

iTV-3, a Peoria-based family-owned company, was announced as the private partner of the UC2B not-for-profit in May 2014 and will expand and operate the existing UC2B gigabit network. Numerous “behind-the-scenes” updates to the network have already been completed, which will enable fast and reliable speeds to future users.

The network’s expansion is driven by demand. A neighborhood in Urbana was the first to reach the required number of sign-ups in November 2014, and iTV-3 sales teams have continued door-to-door canvassing this Winter. Construction is slated to start as early as possible this Spring.

Visit www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com to learn more about service packages and see how many sign-ups are needed in each neighborhood.

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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.