City issues WiFi Request for Proposal
WiFi first step in comprehensive "TechConnect" strategy
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
December 22, 2005
Following through on Mayor Newsom's commitment to create universal,
affordable broadband access for all of San Francisco, the City
today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to construct a citywide
wireless network that will provide free or affordable broadband
internet access to all San Franciscans.
"We are committed to bring universal, affordable wireless
broadband internet access to all San Francisco's residents and
businesses, and today we are one step closer to making good on
that commitment," said Mayor Newsom.
"Internet access is the best way to connect to the new knowledgebased
economy. Providing that access citywide is the first phase of
our TechConnect strategy to reach out to all of our communities."
TechConnect is a strategy to promote digital inclusion
by ensuring affordable internet access, affordable hardware, community-sensitive
training and support, and relevant content to all San Franciscans,
especially low-income and disadvantaged residents.
The RFP is the result of significant input from the best and
brightest minds in the community and in the wireless industry.
Today's issuance follows a thorough Request for Information and
Comment (RFI/C) process this fall that yielded 26 industry proposals
and nearly 300 public comments, as well as a series of public
hearings and meetings to provide additional public comment.
"The tremendous enthusiasm about this project is a testament
to the importance of affordable internet access," said Mayor
"We have learned a great deal over the past few months,
and I'm proud to issue an RFP that reflects the insights that
San Franciscans provided and the standards that San Franciscans
The RFP sets forth the specifications of the broadband network,
addressing issues including the network's business model and services,
coverage area, open access policies, network infrastructure, customer
services, security and privacy, as well as contributions the network
provider will make regarding the other important elements of the
Today's RFP issuance begins a 60-day process to determine how
the City will achieve affordable wireless broadband access throughout
San Francisco. The City intends to select a proposal and commence
negotiations early next year.
Interested parties can visit and monitor the TechConnect
webpage at http://www.sfgov.org/techconnect.