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06/14/2007
1.Iowa City (IA) Delays Proposal Due Date to June 29, 2007
Iowa City is seeking a broadband-wireless infrastructure vendor qualified to design and implement a citywide wireless network or networks sufficiently robust to satisfy the varied and demanding requirements of its public-safety agencies.
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2.Toledo (OH) City Council to Authorize MetroFi Agreement
The hearing is on June 12, 2007, for a citywide Network.
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3.San Antonio (TX) City Council Approves Pilot
The 18-month project is with AT&T, for Wi-Fi service in the downtown area.
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4.Bedford (TX) to Discuss Benefits of a Wi-Fi Mesh Network
The meeting is on June 12, 2007.
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5.Champaign (IL) Agreement with Pavlov Media Approved
Pavlov Media will build a wireless network free of charge to downtown users in Champaign, the location of the company's headquarters.
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6.Sahuarita (AZ) June 7, 2007 Town Council Wireless Network Presentations
The agenda includes discussion and possible action regarding a townwide wireless internet system. There will be a presentation by HP regarding an update on costs and proposed technology associated with the design of the Sahuarita wireless network. MRI will present the municipal wireless business plan, with assistance from staff to outline operational revenue/costs of various models, a public relations plan and a public education plan. Alto to be discussed is the use of all-solar solution for access point.
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7.Camas (WA) Authorizes Contract
The contract authorizes the collection of information on availability of free wireless Internet access in the Camas downtown area.
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8.Colorado Springs (CO) RFI for Citywide Wireless Network
The City of Colorado Springs is interested in expanding and enhancing the availability of wireless broadband services to its residents and businesses throughout the City. The City seeks service providers and vendors who might be interested in designing, deploying, and supporting various wireless broadband infrastructure networks to the community in an Open Service Provider Network fashion (operator-neutral model). The City seeks service providers to offer both wholesale and retail broadband services.

The City is interested in exploring the potential of having one or more service providers offering service within the city. An important point for the responding service provider: The city is not granting a single exclusive license, nor are we attempting to define, or determine the technologies or business models to be utilized by the service providers. This network will be a Build, Own, and Operated network by the service provider at their sole expense for the provision of service to the community, its residents, its businesses, and potentially to various city agencies and departments who may subscribe to and utilize some of the services carried over the network. Deadline is July 24, 2007.

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9.Austin (TX) Capital Area Metro Broadband Fiber RFP
The Capital Metro Authority is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced international, national and regional telecommunications carriers, Internet service providers, cable television (CATV) companies, real estate developers (particularly those with expertise in transit-oriented developments, or [TOD]), architecture and engineering firms, construction companies, fiber optic system integrators and interested par-ties to design, install, manage and market a broadband fiber optic network (the "Telesystem") along selected Capital Metro railroad rights-of-way (ROW) between Leander and downtown Austin, Texas. This RFP is for a 32 mile 96 strand fiber ring covering 500 square miles. Wireless ISPs and integrators may be interested in teaming arrangements to provide servicves throughout the area and to passengers on commuter trains. Proposals are due July 31, 2007. Bidders Conference June 19th.
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10.Cincinnati (OH) Seeks a Wireless Consultant
The City of Cincinnati is seeking a consulting firm with extensive expertise in the field of city-wide wireless broadband network planning, project management, and contract development. The City plans to use a private-public partnership model to implement a wireless broadband network covering at least the entire City of Cincinnati. City personnel will manage the project. The consultant's role will be to provide expert advice, information, and assistance as needed throughout the project, including the RFP process, contract negotiations, and implementation. The consultant will also provide planning documents, RFP template documents, technical documents, and reference materials.  Proposals are due June 26, 2007.
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11.Oak Brook (IL) Seeks Wireless Consultant
The Village of Oak Brook, IL is soliciting proposals for Village-Wide Wireless Network Consulting Services (Wireless Network Consultant). The selected consultant will have substantial experience assisting similarly-sized municipalities with municipal wireless broadband networks and recent references to support this experience. The Village recently received a proposal from a local firm for the creation of a public safety wireless network that could be expanded to include general public use. Our Village Board has directed staff to solicit proposals from qualified consulting firms with experience in this area. The anticipated work to be performed by the selected consultant will include helping Village departments determine their needs for a Wireless Network, gathering input from and meeting with community groups interested in Wireless Network services, preparation of an RFP for selection of a Wireless Network vendor, reviewing proposals submitted, assisting in negotiating the final contract and providing other related assistance. The Village's goal is to investigate what areas of the Village might benefit from the provision of wireless broadband services, including residents, visitors, businesses and governmental agencies. Proposals are due June 22, 2007.
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