URBANA – Public forums will be held on creation of a local plan for a possible high-speed Internet program in Champaign-Urbana.
The Broadband Access Committee of the Champaign-Urbana Cable Television and Telecommunications Commission will host the first forum at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lewis Auditorium of the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Another forum is set for 7 p.m. May 21 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.
Federal stimulus dollars available for broadband projects and a proposal for a local communitywide project will be discussed.
The committee also will take comments from the audience about ideas on community needs.
Jeff Hamilton, a Champaign audiovisual and telecommunications technician, said the commission is trying to gather public comments on how a high-speed fiber optic broadband system might be used in Champaign-Urbana.
For some, it could be for social networking; for others, it could be for working from home; for others, it could be used for entertainment, he said.
The federal economic stimulus bill includes $7 billion in funding to improve bandwidth and the availability of broadband service to areas that are unserved or underserved by current providers and technology.