Tuesday, December 27, 2005

City of San Francisco asks for Wi-Fi proposals

San Francisco, California is looking for bids to build a city-wide Wi-Fi network, which will be used to provide residents with affordable--possibly free--Internet connectivity. The proposals from ISPs are due to the city by February 21, 2006.

The Request For Proposal (RFP) leaves it open to how the network will be operating, and whether it will be municipally owned, privately owned, or a hybrid. The network would cover at least 95% of the city, with a minimum bandwidth of 1Mbps per user. Regarding security, the city is looking for both WEP and WPA support. Other services would also be allowed over the network, left at the disposal of the winning ISP.

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