Sacramento issues RFI for small cell, public Wi-Fi network

Sacramento, California invites interested parties to respond to the Request for Information (I15071011001) City of Sacramento Community Wireless Broadband Network. Interested parties should provide proposals for the design, installation and maintenance of a carrier neutral Wireless “Small Cell” and public Wi-Fi communications network throughout city. It is anticipated that this project could potentially utilize the following city infrastructure assets depicted in the Citywide Fiber Map (Appendix A to the RFI): signalized intersections, conduit, outside plant fiber, street lights, towers, and potential co-location site.

The purpose of the RFI is to determine if there is sufficient market interest or alternative options before issuing an RFP. A committee will review the submitted materials and may invite one or more of the submitters to an interview. A list of vendors who meet the minimum criteria outlined in the RFI and who also meet the other requirements specified in the RFI will be invited to submit additional supporting information.

RFI responses will only be accepted electronically via email and in PDF format. Responses are due prior to August 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.


June 22, 2007 – Metro Connect to unwire Sacramento: Back in 2007, Sacramento selected a consortium called Metro Connect (Cisco, Seakay, Azulstar, Intel) to set up a citywide Wi-Fi network. I don’t know what happened to this project. Please post in the comments section below.

July 20, 2006 – Sacramento issues RFP for citywide Wi-Fi network: This article sets forth in detail Sacramento’s Wi-Fi plans.