Tuesday, April 16, 2013

City of Westminster takes step toward World-Class Broadband

City of Westminster takes step toward World-Class Broadband

Westminster, MD (April 16, 2013) With a vision of enabling world-class broadband access for its residents and businesses, the City of Westminster, Maryland is gauging the interest of private sector companies in providing ultra-high-speed Internet service over a City-built fiber optic network.

The City has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify potential partners that would operate, maintain, and sell consumer broadband services over the Citys planned infrastructure.

The network, which would connect to every home and business in the City in a “fiber-to-the- premises” (FTTP) architecture, would be able to match the capabilities of the most powerful broadband networks in the world, including the systems that Google is building in Kansas City and Austin, Texas, and the ultra-fast municipal network in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Westminster does not lie on any major highway routes, despite having a significant commuter population and being only 35 miles from Baltimore. The FTTP network project is the chance for Westminster to become a major destination on the highways of the 21st centurybroadband. Such a network would make Westminster one of the countrys most connected communities, belonging in the same category as places like Kansas City, Austin, and Chattanooga. A gigabit network would open up new applications for businesses, critical resources for the health care sector, and telework options that could bring an economic boom to the City.

Todays RFI is the latest development in a strategic broadband plan that began last fall, when the Westminster Common Council unanimously voted to commission a study on broadband expansion for the City. The Citys plans also build on the Carroll County Public Network (CCPN) and the soon-to-be-complete, federally funded Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN).

All interested respondents are asked to submit a letter of intent via email by April 19, 2013 to rmiller@westgov.com, or via hard copy to: City of Westminster
Attn: Robert Miller
56 W. Main St. Westminster, MD 21157
Complete RFIs are due by May 3, 2013. The full RFI is available here:

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