Spring Hill, Kansas, recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) as they search for a partner to help them develop gigabit connectivity throughout the community. Deadline for responses is September 30, 2019.
Gigabit Fiber the Best Bet
The city received the results of a feasibility study in early 2018 and consultants recommended some policy changes to encourage a broadband friendly environment. CTC Energy and Technology also noted that a fixed wireless system was not a cost-effective way to provide ubiquitous connectivity to the community. The firm suggested that Spring Hill consider dark fiber infrastructure and a public-private partnership.
In 2017, Spring Hill also distributed an informal survey to residents and businesses. The results revealed that, even though the community is considered part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, there are pockets where people have no Internet access. Other issues include problem neighborhoods where speeds are slow and businesses have no access to fiber. In these areas, local establishments are paying high rates for unreliable, marginally faster speeds.
Community leaders in Spring Hill consider broadband an essential utility that should connect every premise. As part of their vision, they “intend to empower our residents and local businesses to be network economy producers— not just consumers of network information and data services.”
What Spring Hill Seeks
The partner the city chooses should be prepared for a long term relationship and should be ready to help Spring Hill achieve three goals of the project:
- Balance financial goals - Spring Hill expects any partnership to involve investment from both parties.
- Sustainable, affordable approach - Community leaders want to be sure that, as the city grows, the network can grow with it.
- Community wide deployment - No cherry picking; businesses and residential deployment are equally important.
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