Illinois Announces Fourth Major Gigabit Network, to Frontier Communications Serving Southern Illinois University AreaExpert Opinion, FCC, Gigabit Networks, National Broadband Plan August 26th, 2013
CARBONDALE, Illinois, August 26, 2013 – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced the state’s fourth investment in Gigabit Networks, providing $1.5 million in funding to a consortium led by Frontier Communications that will build an ultra high-speed broadband network in Southern Illinois.
The project is the first Gigabit Network funded by the Illinois Gigabit Community Challenge that will serve an area outside of the Chicagoland. It is also the first award to an incumbent telecommunications company.
The previous three awards went to Gigabit Squared, for a project with the University of Chicago on the city’s South Side; the City of Aurora; and the City of Evanston, Illinois, and Northwest University. The first two awards were made in October 2012, and the Evanston announcement was made in January 2013. [...]