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Bloomington Joins Internet Consortium

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 03:43:18 CDT
By: Rachel Darlingq

Bloomington Joins Internet Consortium The Bloomington City Council took a bid from the Sherwin Williams franchise and gave it to a local service provider. Earlier in the year the City awarded a bid to Sherwin Williams for pavement marking. At last night's meeting, Bloomington City Director of Public Works Jim Karch informed the council the Sherwin Williams franchise does not allow smaller, local franchises to work with the larger, commercial franchises to provide service...

   

"...have no idea."

Karch says city staff thought they were going to work with the local Sherwin Williams franchise. The Council voted unanimously to award the bid, to local service provider Diamond Vogel instead.

The Bloomington City Council also unanimously passed a motion to approve a customer service agreement with Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network, or CIRBIN. Alderman Judy Stearns expressed concerns about the system's ability to provide service in light of technical difficulties, before voting. Bloomington Director of Information Services Scott Sprouls explained the network's abilities...

   

"...the opposite direction."

CIRBIN is a project headed by Illinois State University's IT Department to bring local, high-speed broadband to the Central Illinois area. Associate Vice President for Administrative Technology and Chief Technology Officer for Illinois State University Andrea Ballinger provided an analogy for clarification of the advantage of being a member of the network...

   

"...that's the difference."

Alderman Kevin Lower expressed concern about future membership costs for the city and for residents. Bloomington City Manager David Hales says subscription prices have yet to be determined, but the city is "In the driver's seat," for determining those prices. Hales added, "Without ISU (Illinois State University) there would be no CIRBIN." Hales thanked the Illinois State University representatives present on behalf of Bloomington.
   


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