To The Herald-Whig:
While our organization is disappointed that the city was unable to reach an agreement with i3 America, we understand their decision.
From our initial meetings at the beginning of last year, we stressed the importance of having a fiscally sensible investment strategy for any fiber project. It is regretful that i3 America could not follow through with the original deployment method discussed – even more so that they were unwilling to consider alternative funding options for their second proposal.
That being said, we are still committed to finding a solution to Quincy's digital infrastructure needs. Over the coming months, our group will re-assess the current market demands of the city and focus our efforts on meeting those needs. It is imperative that individuals and businesses throughout the community continue to show their support for infrastructure investment. The case for a significant network overhaul is more compelling when demand is widespread and visible.
Investment in high-speed Internet is an important component of future economic growth, and we hope that the city remains committed despite this roadblock. The United States unfortunately continues to lag far behind other developed countries both in terms of broadband accessibility and quality. As a community, we cannot wait for Illinois or the federal government to take the lead on any serious broadband initiative. It is up to us.
Quincy Fiber Initiative