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High-speed fiber optic network coming to Rockford after City Council approves plan

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -- High-speed internet and a fiber optic network are coming after Rockford City Council unanimously approves a plan for the forest city.

The development agreement between the city and SiFi Networks will develop a citywide fiber optic network. The city will allow access and use of the right-of-way to SiFi Networks, which will pay for and install the fiber optic network.

More than 1,100 miles of fiber optic wire will be laid across the entire city in the next four years. Then, SiFi will work with multiple service providers to offer services to homes and businesses in the city. Those services include gigabit internet, TV, phone and home security.

The city's Planning and Development Committee approved the plan two weeks ago.

"This private $200 million investment in our City is a true game changer bringing stronger, faster, fiber optic network to our community,” says Mayor Tom McNamara in a press release sent to 13 WREX. “This agreement also has the potential to help us fulfill our goal of bridging the digital divide which was illuminated as we have fought the pandemic and worked to attract more high-tech businesses to our community.”

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