What is UC2B?
Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, more commonly known as UC2B, is a fiber optic infrastructure that is the fastest, most state-of-the art-fiber-optic network communication technology on the planet! Other networks rely to some degree on copper wire technology, which limits their ability to provide some needed services or slows down activities like watching movies or television online. But with UC2B, you can reach speeds up to 100 times faster than your current internet connection. UC2B is building and managing a fiber-to-the premises (FTTP) network, which means that you have today’s fastest technology connected directly to your home, business or organization. 11 census block areas in Champaign-Urbana currently qualify for the grant-funded connection. The deadline to sign up for service for homes and businesses in the census blocks was March 1, 2013.
- The fastest internet connection in the nation
- No loss of speed through shared lines
- Increased property value
- Competitive pricing and services (starting at $20 for 20Mbps)
- Increased e-commerce opportunities
- Increased interaction with friends and family
- Same light speed meaning 100 Mbps download and upload!
UC2B is structured to integrate new technology as it is developed in the future. We are also compatible with wireless connections for all your wireless devices. For a very short period of time, 2,500 homes and businesses in neighborhoods with low Internet penetration had an opportunity to have fiber and equipment installed for free! This is a $3,000 value but it was offered on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to sign up for this free installation was March 1, 2013.
UC2B Governance and Management
UC2B is an intergovernmental consortium of the University of Illinois and the cities of Urbana and Champaign dedicated to building and operating an open-access fiber-optic broadband network throughout the Champaign-Urbana area. The project is made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The State of Illinois provided a $3.5 million grant and local matching funds added an additional $3.4 million to fund the project. The foundation of the UC2B network will be the fiber-optic “backbone” infrastructure that will be constructed with the grant money. The grant will also 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.
A Collaborative Effort The UC2B consortium is governed by a Policy Committee consisting of representatives from the three consortium member agencies: the University of Illinois, the City of Champaign, and the City of Urbana. Community members also sit on the UC2B Policy Committee. The Policy Committee is governed by the rules as set forth in bylaws as adopted by the Policy Committee on June 3, 2010. Regular meetings of the policy are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at noon in the City of Champaign Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil Street in Champaign. Meetings are open to the public.
Policy Committee Membership: