Utopian Wireless Corporation to bring broadband technology to Cairo!!

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guest

Cairo, IL

#1 Aug 6, 2010
http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp...

Feds award $82 million in rural Internet grants in MO and $274,741 in Cairo, IL

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.(KFVS)- The federal government has approved nearly $82 million to expand high-speed Internet access in rural Missouri and nearly $300,000 to expand broadband in and around Cairo, IL.

The Missouri money is part of $1.2 billion of Internet grants announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Governor Jay Nixon spent some time in Cape Girardeau to announce the federal funding Thursday.

Big River Telephone will use just more than $22 million to create a new broadband network to benefit both homes and businesses here in southeast Missouri.

The governor compared the expansion of broadband to the expansion of railroads and interstates in the past. He says this will help connect folks in southeast Missouri.

Missouri's Internet projects include $24 million for Socket Telecom in central Missouri. About $21 million will go to Grand River Mutual Telephone Corp. for projects in northern Missouri.

Windstream Corp. will get more than $10 million to expand Internet service.

Grants of less than $1 million each will go to three smaller Internet service providers.

Utopian Wireless Corporation will receive $274,741 to bring broadband technology to rural communities in and around Cairo, IL.
guest

Cairo, IL

#2 Aug 6, 2010
http://www.wsiltv.com/p/news_details.php...

Cairo Getting 4G Internet

CAIRO -- Cairo is set to receive something only one other city in the state has, 4G wireless internet. The town is one of three rural communities to get money for the service through the federal stimulus package. The move is supposed to spur investment in a town that needs help.

Gabrielle Harris says his store will be ready for business in the coming weeks, and that 4G could really help. Harris and his wife started G and L Clothing out of their living room five years ago. They later moved into their current location on Ninth and Poplar in Cairo, before having to expand yet again into a new building further up the street.

"I'm really proud with what we've been able to do," said Harris.

Cairo will be the first town in southern Illinois and one of only a few nationwide to have the new high speed wireless internet. Harris hopes to soon have a website for his store he says 4G would certainly help. And provide incentive for other businesses to set up shop in town.

"We're needing to have something that's going to help us move forward," said Harris.

For years, Cairo has struggled to move forward. Downtown has more abandoned buildings than occupied ones. More than 20 kids and their families leave the school district every year.

But there are some positives. For instance, the Ace of Cups, a not for profit coffee and book shop that also acts as a community center for Cairo. All the employees are volunteers and every dollar goes back toward improving the building. Employee Zach Rapattoni says 4G could be another positive in a town known for negative news.

"I think that having the internet here would definitely help, I think it's a worthwhile investment," said Rapattoni.

There are other positives in Cairo. Last month the Governor signed a law to create a port district. Two companies are looking to expand. Officials at the Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone say 4G is only a step toward bringing some more good news to town.
guest

Cairo, IL

#3 Aug 6, 2010
The question now is, will it be cheap enough to get it?

Wonder when they will start?
Longtime Cairoite

Cairo, IL

#4 Aug 6, 2010
How soon? How much will it cost us?
Julia

Cairo, IL

#5 Aug 6, 2010
Yes, I have posted links to the sites on my page on facebook. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files...

that is the link from the pdf file that show exactly who got what amounts from this huge grant.

also you can go to the website for Utopian which is
www.utopianwireless.com

they dont give specific amounts but it will be "true" wireless, which means an umbrella over the area they are setting up and you do not have to be tied to your house to use it.
guest

Cairo, IL

#6 Aug 7, 2010
I could never find anything on their rates, have you?

Just hope they don't take the money & run.
toooooslow

Waldo, WI

#7 Aug 7, 2010
Somebody needs to bring some high speed internet to Olmsted! Dialup is all we can get here.

xof

Since: Jul 10

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#8 Aug 7, 2010
I was told it would be at least 80.00 a month. Sounds like another 3M Paint Company to me.
ynot

United States

#9 Aug 7, 2010
Fri Dec 14, 2007 at 02:19:38 AM PDT
There was an article in the Rutland (Vermont) Herald last June which was probably ignored by everyone but me. In Vt. probes sale of broadcast spectrum, the Herald notes that the Vermont State Colleges did a no-bid deal with Utopian Wireless Corporation which the state is questioning, as it appears that the licenses are worth a lot more than Utopian paid for them:

"We estimate the value of these EBS license to be in excess of $500,000," Smith wrote. "Vermont is home to numerous wireless broadband companies that are working hard to meet our rural broadband goals. Many of these companies are desperately seeking out licensed spectrum that will ensure their company's future. It appears that Utopian's mission is purely speculative in nature, with hopes of selling those assets to a larger national provider. It is unlikely that a national provider would have Vermont as a priority for building a wireless broadband network."
ynot

United States

#10 Aug 7, 2010
""There are some obvious questions here about the propriety of the no-bid contract and the financial issues, and that's was the focus of the Herald article. However, I'm much more interested in another aspect of the story. Who is "Utopian Wireless" and what are they after?

I tried finding out about Utopian Wireless and came up blank, except for one interesting fact: they appear all over the country in meeting minutes from local school boards which are discussing similar deals: buying wireless networks from local school districts. Web searches for Utopian yield nothing in the way about the corporation, who's in it, no way of verifying whether any of the officials involved in these transactions have any connection to the company, etc.""
ynot

United States

#11 Aug 7, 2010
Gregory L. Rohde
President, Director

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, and the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the telecommunications and information service policy agency of the United States government and manager of the federal radio magnetic spectrum. As the head of NTIA, served as the principal advisor on telecommunications and information policies, domestic and international, to the President of the United States, and was lead voice of the Administration on matters before the FCC and on international telecommunications policy issues. While at NTIA, Mr. Rohde was the Administration's point person on efforts to close the "digital divide;" promote innovation and development of wireless technologies; and advance pro-competitive international telecommunications policies in important areas such as Internet charging arrangements and privacy protection. Public service career began in 1988 with U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) for whom he worked for more than 10 years as chief policy advisor for all areas of jurisdiction under the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Played a key role in major legislation such as the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999. B.S. in Education, North Dakota State University, with Sociology and Philosophy majors. M.A. in Theology, Catholic University of America.
Julia

Cairo, IL

#12 Aug 7, 2010
ynot wrote:
""There are some obvious questions here about the propriety of the no-bid contract and the financial issues, and that's was the focus of the Herald article. However, I'm much more interested in another aspect of the story. Who is "Utopian Wireless" and what are they after?
I tried finding out about Utopian Wireless and came up blank, except for one interesting fact: they appear all over the country in meeting minutes from local school boards which are discussing similar deals: buying wireless networks from local school districts. Web searches for Utopian yield nothing in the way about the corporation, who's in it, no way of verifying whether any of the officials involved in these transactions have any connection to the company, etc.""
also you can go to the website for Utopian which is
www.utopianwireless.com

there is all kinds of information there about who the principles of the company are
guest

Cairo, IL

#13 Aug 8, 2010
True Julia, but never any prices for their 4G or anything else. You would think somewhere they would already be selling the 4G or even a 3G & have prices but no. It's like they never set up shop just buy the rights or in our case get a very large GRANT. There's that word that keeps following Cairo around.
grunt

Rochelle, IL

#14 Aug 8, 2010
does that mean we will have to form a board, what a suprise
ynot

United States

#15 Aug 8, 2010
probably already formed and they have just not told us yet what it is going to cost us. Probably same people on that board as all the others, don;t you think?
ynot

United States

#16 Aug 8, 2010
only good thing is with the casino they are bringing to town maybe our taxes and utilities can go down?? Nah!!!!!!!!!!
filletOfish

Springfield, IL

#17 Aug 8, 2010
I know you're joking about the arrival of a casino, but wasn't that a possibility years ago? And it went to Metropolis instead.
grunt

United States

#18 Aug 8, 2010
the board could meet at the visitors center, it will be closing due to tourist season coming to a end
ynot

United States

#19 Aug 8, 2010
filletOfish wrote:
I know you're joking about the arrival of a casino, but wasn't that a possibility years ago? And it went to Metropolis instead.
no, not joking!
Julia

Cairo, IL

#20 Aug 8, 2010
It is true in regards to not seeing any rates. I have no idea what they would be charging, but currently I am paying $100 per month for broadband, I am sure it wouldnt be that high

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