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Auburn, IN - Auburn Electric has used a fiber optic network for voice and electric system operations since 1985. In 1998, Auburn developed an information technology master plan that served as a catalyst for the deployment of city and county GigE networks, communitywide geographic systems, a holistic enterprise resource planning system, a customer information system and an e-government suite of community services... Read more.

Champaign, IL - UC2B, or Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, is the brainchild of Mike Smeltzer, the director of networking at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. More than a decade ago, Smeltzer had a vision of expanding the university's high-powered network into the surrounding community - the same vision that the Gig.U project is taking nationwide today... Read more.

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UC2B Saves Public Money With Better Broadband in Illinois


Chanute, KS - The city of Chanute - called the "Hub of Southeast Kansas" - is the largest town in Neosho County. Located within two hours' drive of Kansas City, Tulsa, Wichita, Joplin and Topeka, it has a population of 9,100 plus approximately 1,800 commuters... Read more.

Chicago Southlands, IL - On February 1, 2013, SSMMA celebrated the 1st year anniversary of the State of Illinois and DCEO "Jobs First" grant to build approximately 70 miles of fiber optic infrastructure along the I-57 corridor to serve Chicago Southland communities... Read more.


Demand Growing for Data Centers in Chicago's Southside - The interest is so great that Chicago’s South Side is now attracting data centers, including at the former Schulze Baking Co. plant...and at a Sears store...set to close on Sunday... Read more.

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Chicago Southlands Fiber Network
Southside Broadband Expansion Collaborative
Fiber Network Advances City of Chicago
Chicago Links Broadband to Public Safety

Cook County, IL - Cook County Chief Information Officer Greg Wass was joined today by South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA) Executive Director Edward Paesel to announce the successful start of the Chicago Southland Fiber Network (CSFN) project. The project is funded by the "Illinois Jobs Now!" capital construction program and includes a $10 million commitment from Cook County along with the state's $6.1 million investment... Read more.

Illinois Gigabit Community Challenge - Governor Pat Quinn has launched a competition that will award up to $4,000,000 in prize funding to the most promising ultra high-speed broadband deployment projects in Illinois as part of the comprehensive, multi-year Illinois Jobs Now! economic development program... Read more.

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Gigabit Chicago
Southern Illinois Receives $1.5 Million to Build Fiber Network

Minnesota - Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services, a consortium of eight Minnesota communities, is building a fiber-to-the-home network through an unusual arrangement with WindomNet, a municipal fiber provider in a nearby city... Read more.

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