As the Big Broadband project heads into the final two months of the grant funding phase, one of the advocates of the project said it will be beneficial to the community well into the future.
Michael Smeltzer, who is the Director of Community Projects for CITES at the University of Illinois, sounded off on the topic Tuesday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.
He said the project, which is also known as UC2B, is important to the community in terms of economic development.
Smeltzer also said the technology associated with the project will not become out of date, and it will allow other internet companies to use the infrastructure as well, if they choose to do so.
He said the project gives Internet customers another option that comes with a very fast speed.
Smeltzer said more than a thousand customers have been connected so far. He said a long term goal is to expand the fiber optic network to every home in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. Smeltzer also said UC2B is in discussions with a company called Gigabit Squared and three other organizations on the best way to do just that.
The grant funding for the project expires on September 30th.