Kutztown, Pennsylvania issues RFP for community-wide Wi-Fi network

The Borough of Kutztown and Hometown Utilicom located in Kutztown PA, want to create a Wi-Fi network to service the Borough of Kutztown and selected geographical areas. The area coverage is 2 to2.5 miles from the transmitter location.The Borough of Kutztown and Hometown Utilicom located in Kutztown PA, want to create a Wi-Fi network to service the Borough of Kutztown and selected geographical areas. The area coverage is 2 to2.5 miles from the transmitter location.

The minimum standard of this network is 802.11g. The Borough has access to poles and right-of-way within Borough Boundaries. This system must be implemented and serving customers within 90 days from award. This Request for Proposals is not to be interpreted as a bid situation. Due to the very specialized nature of a Wi-Fi network, it is more important to aim for the system and structure that provides the best match to the Borough’s requirements. The final selection will not be made solely on the basis of the lowest price. The RFP can be found on our websites at www.kutztownboro.org (see the Wi-Fi RFP tap on the yellow menu bar on the left hand side) and www.hometownutilicom.org.

Completed Sealed RFP’s must be submitted to the Borough of Kutztown, 45 Railroad Street, Kutztown, PA, 19530, Attn: Frank Caruso and clearly marked “RFP for WI-FI NETWORK” no later than 3PM Friday August 26 and will be opened immediately thereafter. Contact Frank P. Caruso, IT Director, at 610.683.6131 for more details.

According to an article in McCall.com, “the borough of 5,000 residents is also one of a few towns to run its own electrical utility. And Kutztown was one of the first communities in Pennsylvania to install sewers to private homes in 1940.” The town also owns a fiber optic network that provides high-speed Internet access, phone service and television.

Last year, Pennsylvania passed a law that restricts municipalities from offering broadband service unless they have at least one paying customer before 1 January 2006. Kutztown and Philadelphia are trying to beat the deadline. See an earlier article about the Pennsylvania law (which was backed by Verizon). To view the other articles I have written, please do a search on “Philadelphia” in the Muniwireless search box.