i3 Broadband to Expand Fiber-Optic Network to Greater Rockford Area, Providing Residents With a Choice of Advanced Internet Service in Multiple Communities

Rock River, Rockford Illinois

ROCKFORD, IL -- i3 Broadband, the leading fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) provider of 100% fiber-optic, high-speed internet service in Illinois is planning an expansion to its fiber-optic network to residences and businesses in the Greater Rockford, Illinois area, the company announced today.

“Any time competition is introduced, everyone wins with better accountability and value.”

Rockford City Administrator Todd M. Cagnoni.

i3 Broadband is investing to make broadband service available to the Greater Rockford area communities starting in Machesney Park, Rockford, Roscoe, and Winnebago County.

“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, VP/GM 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.”

"We are excited to have additional options for accessing high-speed, reliable Internet in our community,” said Rockford City Administrator Todd M. Cagnoni. “Any time competition is introduced, everyone wins with better accountability and value."

Known for offering communities a quality alternative to current broadband providers, i3 Broadband brings communities today's best fiber-optic network delivering fast, reliable, high-speed broadband at competitive pricing. Headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, i3 Broadband is the leading competitive broadband provider in central Illinois. As part of its investment in the Greater Rockford region, the company plans to increase its local workforce as new communities are added, and plans for local office, retail, and warehousing are under way. In keeping with its commitment to the communities it serves, i3 looks forward to partnering with local organizations as part of its community outreach and engagement efforts.

“As highlighted over the last several years, the importance of access to fast, reliable broadband has been critically important for those going to school and working from home,” said Bill Shreffler, Chief Operations Officer, i3 Broadband.

“Today's businesses require access to multi-gig fiber-optic networks to stay competitive, and that's important to the community to attract and maintain those businesses. Our team is ready to provide the quality network and service experience our customers expect from their broadband provider.”

i3 Broadband’s network has been nationally recognized as the Best Internet for Online Gaming in Illinois by PC Mag. i3 Broadband offers fast, reliable, symmetrical broadband at speeds that meet every user's needs up to 8 Gig. Their "smart Wi-Fi" systems ensure the in-home experience delivers the whole-home coverage people expect. To ensure equal access across the communities they serve, i3 proudly participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program.

About i3 Broadband

i3 Broadband is the leading fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) operator in Illinois, providing Gigabit-speed Broadband services to residential and commercial customers throughout Central Illinois, Missouri and now Northern Illinois. It also currently serves the Warren, Bristol, and Barrington markets in the East Bay area of Rhode Island. Additionally, i3 is an active participant in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) which allows ISPs to provide internet to qualifying and approved residents via this government subsidize program. Learn More about i3 Broadband here (link to about us page on i3broadband.com).

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