Chicago CivicNet in final bidding phase

The Chicago Tribune reported last April that Chicago’s ambitious CivicNet project is in the final bidding phase for a giant network to provide data and voice services to the city’s agencies and facilities such as libraries, fire and police stations. Finalists are SBC Comunications, AT&T and the US subsidiary of Alcatel.

The article points out that the project has encountered serious delays and a weak economy. Indeed, like many municipalities around the country, Chicago has not been immune to budget problems. As a result, city officials are now emphasizing the cost-savings that the project would bring, as opposed to the cutting-edge services that the city government and residents would enjoy. One of the main elements of the project is the implementation of wireless broadband networks.

You can download the city’s Request for Information (tender document) here.