Flagstaff, Arizona issues RFP for citywide Wi-Fi mesh network

Flagstaff, Arizona has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a citywide Wi-Fi mesh network that will be used both for public Internet access and municipal purposes. Like the Albuquerque RFP, the Flagstaff request wants a private company that will pay for and own the network. Flagstaff, Arizona has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a citywide Wi-Fi mesh network that will be used both for public Internet access and municipal purposes. The deadline for submitting responses is 29 June 2007 at 15:00 local time.

The city wants a private company to pay for, build and own the network. The city has assets on which to mount wireless equipment and will be making them available to the service provider in exchange for wireless service to various municipal departments. In this, the Flagstaff RFP is very similar to the model proposed by Albuquerque, New Mexico whose RFP I posted this week.

Unlike Minneapolis and Houston, the city will not pay to be an “anchor tenant”. This means the winning bidder must somehow recoup its investment by charging for access and/or advertising.

To view the Flagstaff RFP, click here.