Last year we reported that the city of Los Angeles would be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a muni wireless and broadband network. Today the city announced that it would be releasing a Request for Information (RFI) instead and will later issue an RFP. Here is the text of the city of LA press release:
“Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield will announce Monday the immediate release of a request for information (RFI) for the Los Angeles Community Broadband Network (LACBN). The RFI is the first step in the implementation of a proposed municipal wireless and broadband network. The next step will be a request for proposals (RFP) to be released later this year. By seeking feedback, the City will be able to craft the best possible RFP for our residents, businesses and potential bidders. Last July, Councilmember Blumenfield, who chairs the Council’s Information, Technology and General Services Committee, introduced a measure to develop a citywide municipal broadband and wireless network. When completed, Los Angeles would be the largest city with universal access to wireless broadband in a move that will dramatically increase global competitiveness and make significant strides in closing the digital divide.”
Check MuniWireless.com on Monday for the text of the RFI, if you are interested in participating or if you simply want to see what the city of Los Angeles has in mind.