CIRBN is now providing service to Mahomet. Connected via a splice point on Interstate 74, CIRBN has begun providing service via the ICN to Mahomet-Seymour High School, Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School, Lincoln Trail Elementary School, and the district office.
This marks the first step in the Village of Mahomet’s plan to connect nonresidential sites to high-speed broadband.
According to Gary LaForge, Public Works Director for the Village of Mahomet, the project implementation will be rolled out in seven phases, with the majority of the sites to be connected in April. Already the Village has more than 1.5 miles of conduit in the ground. The Village is not planning to directly provide service to residential customers, but will have opportunities for Internet service providers to lease fiber and offer service to residential areas.
The project was precipitated by discussions with the school district, which wanted to increase Internet capacity to utilize technology in classrooms. The Village began examining the need for high-speed broadband and found that many organizations were interested in increasing Internet capacity.
“It has really been a grass roots effort to get this project rolling,” LaForge said. “We’re looking to provide sites with speeds of up to 1 Gb/s.”
Once the network is complete, the Village will be retaining ownership of the network. The sites in Mahomet are the first to connect to CIRBN outside the scope of the federal NTIA grant.