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.

New iTV-3 Flyer Highlights TV and Gigabit Internet Packages

Eager to spread the word about iTV-3 service in your neighborhood? UC2B has partnered with iTV-3, a family-owned company known for excellent customer service, to expand and manage the gigabit network ythat’s already been constructed throughout Champaign-Urbana. iTV-3 has provided a downloadable flyer that explains Internet and TV service options, prices, and contains a sign-up link. Visit www.ThePerfectUpgrade.com to learn more and click below to downlod the flier.

Click here to download the flyer.

iTV-3Flyer

January Board Meeting

The UC2B not-for-profit board will conduct a regular board meeting from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at 713 Edgebrook Drive in Champaign.

All regular board 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 previous board meeting, click here.

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