The home of the first web browser (Mosiac) is now building an exciting open access network – the twin cities of Urbana-Champaign received a stimulus award for UC2B (2B = Big Broadband). Episode #42 of Community Broadband Bits features Carol Ammons of the U-C Indepedent Media Center and Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, who is on the policy committee for the network and an Urbana City Council member.
In our interview, we discuss how Urbana-Champaign received a unique stimulus award – the only urban FTTH network and what they are doing with it. It came after many years of organizing and working toward a broadband solution for the community. Now the Independent Media Center is helping to teach people how to take full advantage of the network.
The network also received funds from the state, as Broadband Illinois has taken an active role in pushing for better broadband access and usage across the state.
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Thanks to Mount Carmel for the music, licensed using Creative Commons.