i3 high speed internet not coming to Quincy

UPDATE: June 7,2011

The fiber networks company i3 has confirmed that it pulled out of the planned Fibercity project in Quincy, Ill.

Representatives for i3 say the Quincy city council made the project commercially unviable by imposing a number of charges and constraints which meant the project no longer made sense for commercial investors.

Here is the full comment from Anne Campbell:

Fiber networks technology specialist, i3 Group, which is in talks with 40 U.S. cities, has confirmed that it has pulled out of the planned Fibercity installation in Quincy, Illinois. The decision was taken following increasing demands from the City Council which made the project commercially unviable, according to i3 Group Global Partnership Director, Anne Campbell. i3 Group has developed a suite of patented leading-edge technologies which enable fiber to be laid through existing conduits such as sewers and water pipes and minimally disruptive ~micro trenching TM. These allow fibre optic cables, capable of carrying broadband speeds in excess of 100 mbps, to be laid in a few hours rather than days, delivering savings of around 60 per cent and reducing deployment times by a half.

Quincy, Illinois, had hoped to become the first Fibercity in the U.S. and a pilot project of 1,300 feet of cable was approved in September 2010. The aim was to deploy fiber to all of the city TMs 18,000 residences with no cost to the taxpayer or the City. Unfortunately, agreement could not be reached on the best use of the i3 technologies. We always planned to use a mix of technologies in the deployment of fiber to Quincy TMs homes, says Anne Campbell. However, the City Council has imposed a number of charges and constraints which means the project no longer makes commercial sense for investors. We TMre disappointed not to be able to continue with Quincy, but discussions are well-advanced with numerous other cities who have been unsuccessful in securing Google FTTH initiative.


The idea to bring high speed internet via fiber optics through the sewer system in Quincy may have gone down the drain.

The city decided not to sign a memorandum to continue with the British Company i3 that was set to bring the first fiber optic high speed internet to homes in the United States.

You may remember last fall, the company tested its equipment in the sewer system on the east side of town.

All was going well until the Mayor recently heard that i3 decided to change how it planned to get the fiber optics into your home.

The original plan was to take most of it through the sewer system, and then bring it to the home from the curb.

The new plan involved a lot of trenching and digging up the city's infrastructure.

John Spring says, "We're disappointed, but in the long run we had to make this decision because in the long run it would have created a lot of problems and a lot of chaos. And frankly when you have a business plan, you don't change the business plan drastically like they did."

Mayor John Spring also says there were some personnel changes at i3 that may have led to the decision to change the business plan.

However, Spring says the door is still open if i3 decides it wants to go back to its original business plan.

Third Ward Alderman Kyle Moore was one who originally brought the idea to the city council.

Kyle Moore says, "I hope I3 comes back with starting the negotiations again with the original implementation because I think they are going to have these problems in every city they encounter. I don't think any city is going to be OK with what they proposed to us in the final negotiations."

Kyle Moore says he thinks the city will continue to look for other companies and opportunities for this.

He says since i3 was going to bring its technology to Quincy, it's gotten a lot of national attention.

Couple that with the city's attempts to land a Google fiber optic network last year, and he thinks Quincy should be on other company's radars.