Big Broadband

Big Broadband

UI Research Park may get more Net provider options

CHAMPAIGN — Tenants in the University of Illinois Research Park may soon have more choices of Internet providers, and potentially service at lower rates.

The research park also is moving ahead with plans to eventually hook up to the Big Broadband fiber optic network being installed around Champaign-Urbana as part of the $31 million UC2B project.

No word yet on UC2B competition

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are still waiting for word on whether Champaign-Urbana will be selected for an expensive high-speed Internet build-out while nearly $400,000 hangs in the balance.

'Project of year' to Big Broadband

URBANA — A national group that promotes community-level telecommunications on Thursday named the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband initiative as its "community broadband project of the year."

Possibilities and questions remain on Big Broadband

CHAMPAIGN — It started as a dream, and to a large extent, it still is.

City officials still can't imagine the full potential of the ultra-high-speed fiber optic cables running underground throughout Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. They'll tell you that's one reason the cables are there — so someone can figure out how to use them.

Residents can compete for expanded broadband service

CHAMPAIGN — City officials in Champaign and Urbana want residents and businesses to vote with their checkbooks to bring expanded broadband service to the area.

Sign-ups begin for Big Broadband

CHAMPAIGN — Door-to-door sign-ups for the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband system got under way this week in neighborhoods just north of the Beckman Institute.

The sign-ups will give residents access to ultra-high-speed Internet service for as little as $19.99 a month, said Teri Legner, interim coordinator for the broadband consortium. Service is expected to be available July 9.

Minority firm wins contract for UC2B work

CHAMPAIGN — After putting forward an "alternative" bidding process, city officials and community members are hoping that a $1.6 million contract with a minority-owned firm will open up more job opportunities for the city's underserved neighborhoods.

And the company's owner says he knows how important the job is.

Solo Cup plant looking forward to planned merger with Dart

CHAMPAIGN — Local economic development officials say it's "business as usual" at Urbana's Solo Cup plant following the recent announcement that Dart Container plans to acquire Solo.

Representatives of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. met with local Solo officials on April 5, two weeks after the planned merger was announced.

Lane of Windsor to close for a week for Big Broadband work

URBANA — Work along Windsor Road between High Cross Road (Illinois 130) and Susan Stone Drive is planned this month as a contractor installs fiber-optic conduit and hand holes for the Urbana Champaign Big Broadband project.

Periodic lane closures planned on University Avenue in Urbana

URBANA — Traffic will be reduced for periodic lane closures on a portion of University Avenue in Urbana beginning on Wednesday.

Periodic lane closures are planned on University Avenue between Cunningham Avenue and Lincoln Avenue beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday while fiber optic conduit and hand holes are installed.