Here in my hometown of Pasadena, it appears that we'll have a Municipal WiFi network. With EVDO (high speed cellular data) coverage throughout the city and cheap DSL I wonder why my city wants to spend the money.
Pasadena, California is seeking for proposals from wireless network operators for installation and operation of an open access citywide wireless broadband network. The City has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that sets out the objectives and requirements for deployment of the wireless network and instructions for submitting a proposal. Interested parties can visit the City of Pasadena’s Purchasing and Payables website at http://www.planetbids.com/Pasadena/biddtl.cfm?BidNo=408 to download an electronic version of the RFP. A set of instructions on prospective bidder registration and downloading of the RFP document and exhibits is available on the website.
If you are not going to bid, but want to look at the bid documents, Posted them on Muniwireless: click here.
Details of the RFP (taken from bid documents)
The City of Pasadena wants to ensure that its residents, businesses, visitors, and employees have access to ubiquitous, reliable broadband services. The City envisions a citywide wireless broadband network that will serve its varying constituencies – local residents seeking home and mobile data options, low-income residents who may not be able to afford other broadband options, diverse local businesses, and the numerous visitors to Pasadena who want to stay connected while they are here – as well as departments and employees carrying out the City’s business in the field.
The City considered a variety of options to achieve this goal, but determined that the optimal approach would be to seek a qualified network operator to build and operate a citywide wireless system, providing retail services to end users and wholesale services to other retail service providers. The primary network operator would provide all required funding, staffing and equipment, while the City would make available certain assets that might be valuable for mounting or interconnecting the elements of the wireless network.....