Why High-Speed Fiber?

Limited broadband capacity, speed, and service in Illinois inhibits the ability of public sector, public service, and not-for-profit institutions to serve the community. The Chicago-Southland Fiber Network significantly enhances the region’s ability to leverage broadband technology for improvements in education, health care, public safety and economic development. Fiber-delivered, business class broadband services is a powerful economic development strategy that can help retain existing businesses, as well as attract new ones.

The Value of Connectivity

Using fiber to better serve the needs of schools, municipalities, public safety, and community organizations means a better quality of life for those who live and work in the Southland. Access to high speed Internet is a key requirement for both retaining and attracting businesses to the Southland. More business and industry means more jobs and more opportunity for the region.


  • Create a competitive marketplace
  • Enhance established Logistic, Transportation and Manufacturing hubs
  • Improve quality of life
  • Enable economic and social inclusion
  • Reduce data and telecom costs


  • Increase efficiency
  • Promote economic development
  • Provide better healthcare, education, and government services
  • Improve Public Safety Force Multiplier through use of technology in the community