Oklahoma City releases RFP for city Wi-Fi hotzones

The Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma City (pop. 600,000) has issued an RFP to create a wireless broadband network for public access in various parts of the city: Central Business District, Bricktown, Arts District/Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Oklahoma River (from I-35 to Broadway) and the Native American Cultural Center. The city wants to provide tourists and businessThe Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma City (pop. 600,000) has issued an RFP to create a wireless broadband network for public access in various parts of the city: Central Business District, Bricktown, Arts District/Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Oklahoma River (from I-35 to Broadway) and the Native American Cultural Center. The city wants to provide tourists and business visitors with Internet access as a amenity. The deadline for responses is 17:00 on 31 July 2006.

The provider is expected to bear all of the financial costs for deploying and maintaining the network. Up to $150,000 in supplemental funding may be made available, depending upon the nature of the proposal.

Oklahoma City already has a citywide wireless broadband network but it is used only for public safety.

To download the RFP, click here (the document is on the Muniwireless website) and here for a map of the planned coverage site.