The Chicago-Southland Fiber Network

South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA), Cook County, and Urbancom.net are partnered to provide high-speed fiber optic infrastructure to the Chicago-Southland communities. With vast economy potential in logistics, transportation and green manufacturing, high-speed fiber optics enables communities to thrive in the global economy.

The Chicago-Southland Fiber Network, NFP, is funded by the Jobs First grant from the State of Illinois and consists of more than 60 miles of high-speed fiber optic backbone infrastructure along the I-57 corridor, linking Southland Chicago municipalities, public safety sites, community colleges, and business access sites.

This infrastructure provides high capacity Internet services and Illinois Century Network access for education and public institutions. It also connects the region to dark fiber resources at competitive rates to use for point-to-point or multi-point network, data applications and new technology including high-speed wireless communications, smart phones and mobile applications.

The goal of the project is to improve efficiency, offer public sector organizations and local businesses new ways to deliver services, and promote economic development, expanding the Network over time and making the Southland a better place to live and work.


The Chicago-Southland Fiber Network (CSFN) N.F.P. is a not for profit corporation founded by the SSMMA to support and own the assets of the Southland’s Fiber Optic Network.


Urbancom.net is a locally owned privately held company part of the Urbancom.net family of companies which has been providing broadband Internet, VoIP, wireless broadband, and IT services to the Chicago’s southern, southwestern, and western suburbs since 1997. Urbancom.net Fiber Operations Inc. has been tapped as the network operator of the Chicago-Southland Fiber Network. Urbancom.net has built a reputation to be the industry experts providing premium engineering and design for the region’s network needs.

Urbancom.net provides services ranging from municipal, commercial, to wholesale carrier services.