Sep 22 2010
The Broadband Technology Opportunity Program will lay out fiber-optic cables to nine northern Illinois counties. The fiber cables connecting Dekalb will allow Northern Illinois University to connect with government agencies, schools, and hospitals, at much faster internet speeds.
The fiber-optic network will create economic development with the increase of internet speeds. This will allow companies to transmit their data to other companies in high speed. Homes will also be benefited by the high-speed internet connectivity. The $46.1 million project will generate about 200 indirect jobs, and 300 construction jobs. The state of Illinois has provided $14 million for the project.
John Lewis, the Project Leader at NIU, stated that even a rural community can be benefited with the speed and bandwidth offered by the fiber-optic cables.