What is the Internet Freedom Project?
How can our communities benefit from powerful connectivity at home, school, and work?
- No competition
- Services are un-affordable and slow
- Coverage and access is not universal
- The cost goes up year after year, and adds on many fees
- Customer service is awful
- The incumbents stifle our ability for innovation and economic growth
The lack of competition, cost-effective, high-speed Internet connectivity negatively impacts many aspects of our community.
How do you feel about your Internet service?
Does cheaper, faster Internet with more competition interest you?
The Internet Freedom Idea
What about 5G?
5G is not going to measure up to the hype and will not answer our lack of competition, innovation, high-speed, reliable, and cost-effective broadband options due to a number of limitations.
Those limitations range from lack of fiber-optics everywhere, interference and distance issues, profitability, spectrum ownership, and more.
Alternatively 5G will, very likely, be a continuation of the current status-quo. Without implementing forward-thinking strategy and infrastructure that is focused on the needs of the community, arguably, nothing is going to change.
We cover 5G more in-depth with our 5G Deep Dive article.
Community-Owned Networks Save Money
What Are Your Neighbors Saying?
Crystal Lake, IL
"We have had ATT here at least 12 times in the 3 yrs we lived here. Horrible internet connection. NO phone signal. Have to search for bars. Games take hours to download. Wifi tv freezes up all the time. "
"Comcast has a Stranglehold on the local area and we are entitled to having OPTIONS, whats the point of an open market if there's only one option in town because they bully out the competition?"
"I find this concept very interesting. I have struggled as a small business owner for the last 10 years with the cost of internet access climbing along with everything else here in McHenry County. It would be great to have another option that was much less expensive. I truly hope this will be a viable option in the future."
Benefits of Community Fiber-Optic Network
Job Creation: Attract new businesses and enable further growth of our current small businesses. Fiber networks draw in new companies and accelerate entrepreneurial activity.
Many other communities, like Greensboro, NC, Lafayette, LA, and Chattanooga, TN experienced revitalization.
Better Healthcare: Tele-medicine removes distance barriers to cutting-edge medical technology for those that cannot travel safely or are in an emergency situation. Elderly, military veterans, and other patients can be diagnosed, treated and monitored from home. Elderly can live at home longer, reducing the cost of eldercare and improving quality of life in later years/
Education: Fast Internet and video services enhance educational efforts at all levels. This is particularly important for adult learners who are utilizing online learning to retrain for new jobs. Children can get their homework done. Parents can register their child without leaving home.
Enhanced Lifestyle: Instant downloads and uploads of media sharing like videos. Buffer-free Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and more. Work from home is seamless and productive. Provide much faster, cost-effective, reliable internet service to all McHenry County residents and businesses.
Local Control: Provide a locally controlled resource that will benefit residents and businesses, not corrupt Illinois politicians or far away corporations. Protected for the ages to protect our investment.
Free Market Choices: Dislike your Internet Provider? We will have more choices to choose from. True free-market principles in action in McHenry County leading to lower costs and innovation.
Filling out the survey is how we get better Internet
Many of our elected officials are not convinced that the Internet is an essential utility, or that people are unhappy with the slow expensive Internet services they get, but we can change their mind with your help.
Completing the survey and letting us know about your Internet service is the first step to better Internet. It helps prove that there is a need for something better.
Internet Freedom for McHenry County, a non-profit organization consisting of community volunteers. We meet on a monthly basis in Woodstock. Check out our website for more information.
We are not selling anything. Your input in valuable.