$12 million in Stimulus Awards
Convergence Technologies Incorporated (CTI), provider of digital voice, broadband and network services, IP Pay credit card processing and the MitoTec business technology platform, was awarded $12 million in Broadband Stimulus dollars, consisting of $11.25 million from the Rural Utilities Services (RUS) under the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and $700,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). In addition, CTI estimates that its contribution to this project will consist of over $6 million of in-kind match. In total, the aggregate funding for this project exceeds $18 million. This project consists of deploy a middle-mile fiber and microwave backhaul network and a last mile 4G wireless broadband network to underserved areas in Northeast IL and Northwest IN.
“Our project combines internet access with the latest in digital voice, payment processing, cloud-computing and virtualization technology to create a comprehensive service offering that will provide far more than just internet access,” stated Charles Wu, CEO of CTI. “Combined with CTI’s Recruitment Opportunity Program (CROP), the infrastructure we are deploying will create 75 new direct jobs and provide access, tools and services that will ultimately boost employment and facilitate economic development throughout the affected region.”
“The Illinois Broadband Development Council and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) are excited about this win for Illinois,” stated Ryan Croke, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Office of Governor Pat Quinn. “In recognition of the need to bring world class broadband to our region, we have committed $700,000 in additional grant funding for this project.”
The last-mile coverage area includes portions of Pembroke Township, an area characterized with “a long history of illegal tire dumping” where “homes do not have running water or adequate sewage.” The telecommunications infrastructure is equally lacking, given that “cell phones and pagers do not work in the area…”
The middle mile backhaul area will provide backhaul services to a region that contains over 500 cell towers and 1,000 community anchor institutions. Businesses, Carriers, K-12 public schools and institutions of higher learning, public safety entities, libraries and healthcare facilities will be able to take advantage of scalable transit and transport solutions ranging from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps.
Community Anchors throughout Illinois will be able to benefit from CTI’s interconnection with the Illinois Century Network (ICN), which provides a gateway to Internet2 for K-12 schools, libraries and non-research higher education institutions.
Additionally, the project includes plans to offer over 40 “smart tower” interconnection points that bundle vertical real estate collocation with on-premises 1 Gbps backhaul to enable the rapid deployment of enhanced 4G services.
A copy of the award letter can be downloaded here
Convergence Technologies Inc (CTI) is a provider of inVision digital voice and network services, IP Pay credit card processing and the MitoTec business technology platform. CTI’s innovative convergence of products and services provide turnkey solutions for Telecom and IT infrastructures that increase productivity and reduce total cost ownership.
About the Illinois Broadband Development Council
The Illinois Broadband Development Council, chaired by Governor Pat Quinn, has a mission of connecting Illinois to the 21st Century by facilitating world-class networks in every community throughout the state.
About the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is the lead state agency responsible for improving Illinois’ competitiveness in the global economy. Guided by an innovative regional approach, DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and build strong communities. DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.