IFMC Renews Call to U.S. Congresswoman Underwood

June 24, 2020 (Woodstock, IL) — In August 2019, IFMC reached out to Congressional Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) to discuss legislative amendments that could deliver more broadband internet to areas across her district, especially the most rural and underserved. Read more about it here: IFMC Petitions Underwood to Amend “LIFT Act” Since then, Congresswoman Underwood has been busy pushing…

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Greenwood Township Presentation – In Review

Last night, our Public Interest Director, David Gutowsky, gave a presentation to Greenwood Township advocating for the Board to explore community-fiber as a solution to our Internet woes. The Board was receptive and asked many great questions. The Board, in general, agreed that Greenwood Township does have a connectivity issue. Some of the Trustees expressed frustration with their fixed-wireless…

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McHenry Consortium partners with small ISPs to provide service to large and medium-sized businesses in Woodstock, IL

Back in 2013, five government agencies, including City of Woodstock, Woodstock Community Unit School District #200, McHenry County, and McHenry County College, agreed to work together to form the McHenry County Broadband Fiber Network Consortium, which took on a $2.1 million project to build 15 miles of high-speed fiber-optic communication network mostly in Woodstock to 21 sites (Figure 1)….

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The market has spoken. The market is broken.

The infographic below illustrates the issue of our broken Internet service market here in McHenry County. For many citizens in the county, the only option available is AT&T, Comcast X-Finity, or Charter/Spectrum. If they do not have access, the only option available is expensive satellite or fixed-wireless Internet. Providers, like AT&T and Comcast X-Finity, have been been increasing rates,…

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