"Broadband initiative will lead the Tri-City area into the
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has extended
an endorsement and given its support to the Tri-City Broadband Initiative.
In a letter dated February 27th, 2003, the Chamber of Commerce confirmed
that the broadband initiative will lead the Tri-City area into the
"The Board of Directors understands that many businesses
within the Chamber are underserved by the current suppliers,"
the Chamber of Commerce states. "The utility will enhance economic
development in Batavia by attracting and retaining businesses. The
state-of-the-art infrastructure will push Batavia ahead of the competition
and create a better quality of life."
Batavia resident Wolfgang Gruener, co-chair for Fiber For Our
Future, a citizen group in support of the broadband referendum in
the Tri-Cities welcomed the Chamber's endorsement. "We are
grateful to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce for understanding the
enormous benefits this infrastructure will bring to all three cities
and especially to Batavia. The Chamber has correctly perceived that
this project is more than just cable TV, light-speed internet, and
phone. It is a proactive way of deciding the economic and educational
destinies of the Tri-Cities."
Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles have a long-standing history
of not being afraid to be different and serve their citizens with
state of the art services. Unlike most cities, the Tri-Cities operate
their own electric utilities. Batavia started its electric utility
management back in 1889. The benefits to citizens are lower rates
than those of the private sector and a customer service which puts
citizens in it's focus. "We believe a Tri-City broadband utility,
following the exemplary model set out by our electric utilities,
would benefit all people and businesses in the area," said
Gruener. "We should not have to wait for the private sector
to decide when it is time for Batavia to move ahead in telecommunications.
Now is the time to break free from the grip of telecom giants."
Fiber For Our Future believes that all three cities have done their
homework and provide a compelling scenario for a successful broadband
utility. "It is time to set the path for our future,"
The Tri-City project is unprecedented in Illinois and has many
other communities around the country with similar plans, watching
and waiting. The broadband project goes before voters in the three
cities on April 1st, 2003.
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