Omaha, Nebraska (PRWEB) November 18, 2013
G4S Technology, a pioneer in the design and construction of high performance broadband networks and reliable electronic security systems for over 25 years, has completed a fiber to the home project that will greatly enhance the quality of living for over 200 customers in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. This project was made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The State of Illinois provided a $3.5 million grant, and local matching funds added an additional $3.4 million to fund the project.
UC2B is an intergovernmental consortium of the University of Illinois and the cities of Urbana and Champaign dedicated to building and operating an open-access, fiber-optic broadband network throughout the Champaign-Urbana area. The foundation of the UC2B network is the fiber-optic “backbone” infrastructure that has been constructed with the grant money. The grant also provided “fiber-to-the-premises” (FTTP) connectivity directly to well over 200 Community Anchor Institutions throughout Champaign, Urbana and Savoy, and to approximately 1,100 households in several underserved neighborhoods in Champaign and Urbana. This direct connectivity will enable improved access/support to health care, educational and recreational institutions, public safety and government agencies, and social service and religious organizations, as well as increased access to public computing centers.
The completed network also provides sustainable adoption and educational outreach programs for vulnerable populations through enhanced educational services and equal educational access for district students. Advanced services enabled by the network include distance learning, video conferencing, high-speed Internet access, telephone voice services, and data services.
“G4S Technology is proud to be a key player in building fiber to the home networks for cities such as Champaign/Urbana,” said Bob Sommerfeld, President of G4S Technology. “Our ongoing commitment to organizations such as UC2B will continue to make a difference to underserved areas and to the betterment of education, healthcare and public safety in these communities. We will ensure that UC2B will have the ability to deliver affordable true high speed services to its customers”.
“Making sure community anchor institutions, businesses and citizens have access to affordable broadband services is critical to Champaign/Urbana remaining competitive in the 21st century,” said Teri Legner, Economic Development Manager for the City of Champaign. “We have greatly appreciated G4S Technology’s responsiveness and especially their attention to customer service. They have been a true partner helping us complete our FTTH network.”
About G4S Technology
G4S Technology brings innovative, flexible and cost-efficient thinking to the design, construction and maintenance of stand-alone or integrated communication networks and security systems. For nearly two decades, G4S Technology has offered commercial, industrial and governmental clients an efficient single point of contact for all their project issues. A trusted partner to customers and suppliers around the world, G4S Technology takes great pride in delivering outstanding technology, superior control and a great return on investment.
G4S Technology has deployed over two million fiber miles in more than 200 rural and metropolitan areas and completed over 1,500 electronic security systems projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America and the Middle East.
Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, G4S Technology is managed by executives from the telecommunications, construction and security industries. The company is a leader in providing innovative, turnkey solutions for advanced communication and security systems.
G4S is the world's leading security solutions group, which specializes in outsourcing of business processes in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat.
G4S is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has an additional stock exchange listing in Copenhagen.
G4S has operations in more than 125 countries and more than 620,000 employees. For more information on G4S, visit http://www.g4s.com.
For further inquiries, please contact:
Laura Kocher, Communications Specialist (402) 233 7570
Teri Legner, City of Champaign – U2CB (217) 403 8800
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