WOW! and iFiber Team to Deliver 1 Gig Internet in Chicago-Area Community

  • WOW! Wholesale
  • iFiber Networks
CHICAGO, IL — WOW! Wholesale, a division of WOW! Business, and iFiber Networks have reached an agreement that will allow government, commercial and residential customers in the Village of Gilberts, Illinois to receive up to 1 Gbps Internet service. Located approximately nine miles northwest of Elgin and 45 miles from Chicago, the Village of Gilberts has a population of about 10,000 residents.

Under the terms of the agreement, WOW! Wholesale is building a redundant and upgradeable, five-mile fiber-optic network segment that will connect to a high-speed hub location in Gilberts. Construction of the first section of the fiber backbone is complete, with the additional segments scheduled to be finished this summer.

Connecting Gilberts' 1 Gig Fiber Network
Once the fiber backbone is operational, iFiber Networks plans to connect its Gilberts 1G fiber network, which is currently under construction, to the Internet via the WOW! Wholesale fiber backbone. Initially, iFiber Networks expects to purchase up to a 10 Gbps Ethernet connection from WOW! Wholesale with the ability to upgrade as needed. WOW! does not provide services to businesses and residences in Gilberts today.

"We're pleased that iFiber Networks has been licensed by the Village of Gilberts to construct and operate the Gilberts fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network," said Troy Mertz, president of iFiber Networks. "This partnership with WOW! Wholesale allows us to provide ultra-fast Internet access to The Conservancy, a new 985-home residential development as well as schools, police and fire stations, municipal buildings, businesses and other residential areas."

The new iFiber Networks broadband network will interconnect to the Internet in one of the world's largest data centers and carrier hotels at 350 E. Cermak in Chicago. WOW!'s network operating center (NOC) will monitor and support the Gilberts 1 Gig fiber network with the power of a Tier I Internet service provider agreement secured by iFiber Networks.

Serving Chicago and the surrounding area since 1999, WOW! provides IP-based network, data, voice and cloud services for small and mid-sized business, enterprise, government as well as wholesale customers such as iFiber. The company owns and operates more than 40,000 miles of local fiber-optic and coaxial networks in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest which, along with its data centers, provide customers with scalable, low-latency access to national carrier backbones.

"This partnership with iFiber Networks is a natural extension of our continued growth and expanded presence in and around Chicago," said Brad Cheedle, senior vice president of WOW! "As a provider of fiber backhaul for multiple wireless operators and building to more than 1,000 cell towers in the area, including one in the Village of Gilberts, we're able to leverage our existing network assets and expansion plans to help iFiber Networks deliver high-speed Internet access to the Gilberts community."


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