i3 Broadband continues Illinois FTTH expansion

April 24, 2023
The service provider has announced plans to roll out FTTH to residences and businesses in the Greater Rockford area as well as five communities in McHenry County.

i3 Broadband has announced a pair of expansion initiatives that will extend its fiber to the home (FTTH) footprint in Illinois. The service provider has announced plans to roll out FTTH to residences and businesses in the Greater Rockford area as well as five communities in McHenry County.

The Greater Rockford effort will see FTTH reach Machesney Park, Rockford, Roscoe, and Winnebago County. i3 Broadband says it also plans to increase its local workforce in the area ad asserts plans for local office, retail, and warehousing are under way.

“By expanding our network to the Greater Rockford area, we see an opportunity to continue to execute our long-term vision of making affordable, high-speed fiber optic broadband available to more of Illinois's residences and businesses,” said Clint Streit, vice president/general manager Northern Illinois, i3 Broadband. “We are committed to building quality fiber-optic networks, offering competitive choice for consumers, and partnering with communities and organizations to provide access to today's best technology. We have been meeting with community leaders and getting to know some of the families and businesses, and what we are hearing is people are looking for better options for their broadband service. We are thrilled to be getting to work with the communities to meet those needs.”

In McHenry County, i3 Broadband says it will begin with FTTH in Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, and Woodstock.

“The news that i3 Broadband is expanding into McHenry County is welcome as we continue to work on ensuring that all of our residents, businesses, and schools have access to reliable and affordable Internet,” said McHenry County Administrator Peter B. Austin. “Having another vendor to choose from not only aids this effort, but also furthers consumer choice and will help our local economy thrive.”

In addition to Illinois, i3 Broadband also operates in parts of Missouri and in the Warren, Bristol, and Barrington markets in the East Bay area of Rhode Island.

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

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