New Haven to issue RFP for citywide Wi-Fi network; Hartford RFI responses due 10 January

New Haven, Connecticut will be issuing a bid for a citywide Wi-Fi network, according to the Yale Daily News. I reported a few months ago that the city had hired Civitium to do a feasibility study and it appears that the city is going ahead with its plans. The Yale Daily News article also mentions opposition from an ISP in New Haven, Connecticut will be issuing a bid for a citywide Wi-Fi network, according to the Yale Daily News. I reported a few months ago that the city had hired Civitium to do a feasibility study and it appears that the city is going ahead with its plans. The Yale Daily News article also mentions opposition from an ISP in the city. However, because the RFP has not been released yet, no one can tell what form of public-private partnership the city wants to create. In some communities, the model is for the city to be a passive owner or to contract out the network maintenance and operation to a third party on the condition that it be open to ALL service providers. In this scenario, the local ISP has nothing to complain about except increased competition from other ISPs. But then that’s the downside of living in a market economy.

Hartford RFI responses due 10 January 2006


Last November, I posted an article about Hartford, Connecticut’s Wi-Fi plans. Hartford, Connecticut has issued a request for information (RFI) whose response deadline is 10 January 2006. In addition to providing citywide Wi-Fi service, Hartford wants some level of free access for its low-income residents, as well as training and computer hardware purchase programs. To see my article and download the RFI, click here.

Tags: municipal wireless, muni Wi-Fi, citywide wireless