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UC2B Wins National Community Broadband Award

The Urbana Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) project has been awarded the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) 2012 Community Broadband Project of the Year.

The award, which Google won last year, recognizes UC2B "for deploying an innovative, open-access Fiber to the Home network, and turning on its head the traditional model of starting with the most lucrative areas by prioritizing first low-income and unserved communities."

UC2B is a partnership between the University of Illinois, the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and a number of other local community groups. As representatives from the University, CITES employees had important roles in UC2B's development from idea to award-winning reality.

UC2B is "dedicated to building and operating an open-access fiber-optic broadband network throughout the Champaign-Urbana area." In 2010, UC2B received a $22.5 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant from the US Department of Commerce and a $3.5 million Illinois Jobs Now grant from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

CITES would like to congratulate everyone involved with UC2B on this well-deserved award!

Last updated Friday, September 14, 2012, 11:29 am