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Minneapolis’ request for proposals to build a WiFi network has attracted more than 20 applications. If this model works, then municipalities have a better and low risk way of realizing their broadband dreams. “They have an RFP that is very conceptual rather than very specific. It’s […]

Minneapolis’ request for proposals to build a WiFi network has attracted more than 20 applications. If this model works, then municipalities have a better and low risk way of realizing their broadband dreams. “They have an RFP that is very conceptual rather than very specific. It’s very considerate of the city’s needs, but beyond that it is very open-ended, which brings out the best in entrepreneurs,” Dwight Wood, president and CEO of American Muni-Comm, tells The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

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  2. [...] fiber boom. I like the idea of WiFi networks for all, but in the end its models like that adopted by Minneapolis makes the most economic sense. Sifry offers up an African village [...]

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  3. The Minneapolis approach — a publicly posted RFP, with installation and service to be provided by private companies — is the most common approach by far in Texas.

    I strongly suspect it’s the most common approach in the US.

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