Mayor: Quincy scraps fiber-optic Internet plans

The city of Quincy is no longer in negotiations to bring fiber-optic Internet service to residents.

Mayor John Spring said Tuesday the city has not had contact with i3 North America in some time.

The British company had talked to the city a couple of times or installing fiber optic cable lines in the sewer system to bring residents high-speed Internet service.

Talks between i3 and the city of Carthage are still ongoing.

i3 North America resumed talks with Quincy city officials in February nearly 10 months after it pulled out of the project. The city had hoped to become the nation's first Fibercity. The aim was to deploy fiber to all of the cityâ??s 18,000 residences with no cost to the taxpayer or the City.

Talks originally stalled in May 2011 because i3 wanted to micro-trench streets and alleys to access homes. A city ordinance that barred cutting in to city streets for five years after they were paved placed restrictions on i3's ability to install cable.