Volo Releases Digital Water Gigabit Fiber for Under $30

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THOMASBORO, IL - Volo Broadband has launched its Digital Water fiber broadband services with monthly service starting at the very low price of $29.95, making it one of the nation's first sub-$30 gigabit fiber services. Volo Broadband was founded in 2001 to provide a high-speed, low-cost, reliable alternative internet access to the Champaign County region.

“Volo sees a future where Internet access across the country is as plentiful, reliable and low-cost as water is today,” said Peter Folk, CEO of Volo Broadband. "We believe that these services are the best deal in broadband and phone service in the nation, regardless of technology."

Making Fiber Affordable in the Silicon Prairie

Fiber broadband is widely seen as the next generation in Internet connectivity, with TV and phone also being possible over the same infrastructure. Nationally, fiber services are available in many places but are usually substantially more expensive and slower, for example AT&T's U-Verse, which starts at $40/month for only 12 Mbps. A few leading-edge companies are offering gigabit-speed services, including Chatanooga's Fi-Speed 1000 $299.99 a month and Google Fiber in Kansas City at $70 a month. Locally, the UC2B grant-funded infrastructure offers 20 Mbps for $20/mo--less speed but also somewhat less expensive--but only in specific areas with a demonstrated low broadband adoption rate.

“We live and work here, and have a vested interest in our community thriving. If you do well, we do well,” said Folk. “I believe that our local Silicon Prairie has not done its share of leading the nation. We are investing in our local communities to change that, in ways that ensuring that Central Illinois continues to be a great place to live and work."

Broadband Illinois is very excited about the Volo Broadband Digital Water Gigabit Fiber Service,” said Barbara Webster, Regional eTeam Director for Broadband Illinois. “Champaign County is a major technology player in the state of Illinois, and partnerships throughout the region are creating opportunities and real jobs. We congratulate Volo on the launch of their new Gigabit service, and we are proud of the businesses in the region and state which create such innovative ideas”, continued Webster.

Expansion into Neighboring Communities
“Thomasboro was our testbed – our rollout,” Folk says. “Talks are already underway with neighborhoods in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and surrounding communities to bring this super-affordable, cutting-edge Digital Water technology to their residents as well. More communities will follow throughout east central Illinois, and very likely beyond.”

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