Good news, Urbana. iTV-3 is breaking ground next week — so fiber is coming your way. Check out the full press release below:

Please make plans to join representatives from iTV-3, UC2B, the cities of Urbana & Champaign, and the University of Illinois for a groundbreaking event to celebrate the expansion of gigabit-to-the-home service in Urbana-Champaign. 

A full invitation and press release will follow soon. Please see event logistics below. 

Who: Calling all gigabit enthusiasts in Urbana and Champaign! This groundbreaking is open to the general public, local business, public officials, community anchor institutions, University representatives, and anyone interested in the expansion of the gigabit network throughout Champaign-Urbana. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email!

When: 11a.m. on Friday, May 8th

Where: Home of Bruce Komadina & Jenny Putman, 402 W. Delaware, Urbana (Intersection of Carle and Delaware)

Why: We are celebrating the start of construction of iTV-3 gigabit fiber-to-the-home service into new neighborhoods!

iTV-3 and UC2B have been busy behind the scenes since announcing a private-public partnership last Spring. iTV-3 has upgraded the core of the network in a brand new datacenter and each one of the core routers can handle 16Tbps of traffic. This equates to downloading the entire Netflix catalog of content in less than 30 minutes.

iTV-3 is also installing new fiber to the premise equipment in Champaign and Urbana area to meet the future needs of the community.  This will enable iTV-3 to expand the network and provide Gigabit service to more than 250,000 homes including 45,000 households and businesses in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Help us celebrate the first C-U neighborhood to reach a 50% commitment and encourage other neighborhoods to build demand. Visit www.ThePerfectUpgrade.comto view the current sign-up map and learn more.