Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Not-for-Profit (UC2B NFP) Partners with iTV-3
Champaign – UC2B (Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband) has formed a partnership
with iTV-3 to operate and extend fiber-optic broadband in Urbana and Champaign.
iTV-3 will operate the existing UC2B network and will extend gigabit fiber-optic
internet services to more areas of the community. C-U will be among the few elite
communities in the U.S. with gigabit fiber-optic internet.
The partnership gives every area of Champaign-Urbana an equal opportunity to
receive gigabit service. iTV-3, a Family Video company, will be taking online
subscriptions for households and businesses at www.theperfectupgrade.com and
information for signing up will be available in person at C-U’s 3 Family Video stores.
iTV-3 agrees to build fiber infrastructure in any area of the community where 50%
of the potential customers subscribe.
“We are excited to be bringing fiber optic service to the communities of Champaign
and Urbana. I would like to specifically thank the Cities of Champaign and Urbana,
their elected officials, the University of Illinois, and the team at UC2B for working so
hard to make this opportunity possible. We look forward to bringing a 100% fiber to
the home and business network and gigabit Internet service to the people of
Champaign and Urbana,” says iTV-3 President Keith Hoogland.
“In the 21st Century a few American cities stand out with regards to successfully
combining a dynamic cultural landscape and economic prosperity. Champaign, like
Chattanooga, Kansas City and Austin, has recently received national and
international accolades running the gamut from arts and music to sustainability,
livability and opportunities. We now join these cities as part of an elite group of
communities which will experience all the benefits of broadband fiber with this
partnership. Champaign, Urbana, the University of Illinois and the private sector are
moving forward together to lead the U.S. in prosperity and growth in the new
frontier with what is undoubtedly the next great revolution,” says Champaign
Mayor Don Gerard.
Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing recognized the positive local impact of the project,
saying, “This has been a great example of cooperation between Urbana, Champaign
and the University of Illinois. I’m very pleased we’ve chosen an Illinois company,
Family Video, with an excellent record of customer service. We owe a special thanks
to President Obama for his broadband initiative, which will make this community
more attractive for both business investment and quality of life.”
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise
recognized how the gigabit network would impact the campus and community.
“From the early steps of winning the UC2B grant to the start of operations, this has
been a strong and productive collaboration among Urbana, Champaign and the
university. The partnership with an Illinois company, iTV-3, will move the project
forward to the next phase of the broadband build. We are excited at both the
prospects of greater access for all of our community as well as looking forward to
the positive economic impact it will have for all of East Central Illinois.”
Steve Traylor, Executive Director of the National Association of
Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), applauded this innovative
partnership. “NATOA congratulates U2CB for pioneering an innovative publicprivate
partnership and demonstrating the ways in which localities and private
companies can together build state-of-the-art gigabit networks. NATOA was proud
to give the UC2B project a community broadband award in 2012, and expects that
Urbana and Champaign’s remarkable model will guide other communities
Existing UC2B customers will receive notices in upcoming bills that iTV-3 will
provide continued service under their existing contracts. iTV-3 will also continue
service for institutional users and will provide wholesale access on the network to
competing companies. The partnership is based on the Community Broadband
Principles approved by UC2B and both city councils in 2012. For a detailed Q&A
about the partnership, visit www.uc2b.net.
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.itv-3.com and www.familyvideo.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.