Michael Smeltzer

Michael Smeltzer


Director of Community Projects
UC2B (Illinois)

Michael K. Smeltzer recently retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the Director of Networking and the Director of Community Projects. He was the PI (Principal Instigator) behind the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) Consortium’s $29.4 million BTOP project.

The UC2B network is comprised of seven middle-mile fiber rings connecting more than 250 broadly-defined Anchor Institutions which are located throughout the community, and a last-mile Fiber-to-the-Premise infrastructure passing some 4,650 households and 200 businesses in eleven underserved neighborhoods.

UC2B provides gigabit retail and wholesale services as well as dark fiber leases on an open access basis. The UC2B network is now managed by a private not-for-profit corporation, which is actively seeking a private partner to help expand UC2B’s FTTP service areas.

Before rejoining the University in 2005, Mike was the local Operations Manager for McLeodUSA, where he helped design and manage a $7 million fiber-to-the MDU project in the campus area. He has also been a faculty member in the University’s College of Communications, at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, and at University High School in Urbana, IL.

He was formerly a photojournalist with the United Press International (UPI), a cinematographer and television news anchor with WCIA-TV and served as the Publisher and General Manager of the Daily Illini. While Mike likes to believe that his circuitous career path displays a deep capacity for life-long learning, his wife of almost 40 years knows better.

April 8-11, 2019

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