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Bloomington Announces Responses To Broadband Request For Information
Updated May 19, 2016 6:36 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Twelve parties responded to a Request for Information (RFI) about Bloomington's Gigabit-class broadband initiative.

The City announced the RFI on March 31 and invited potential partners to respond. The responses were from interested partners ranging from local to international.

"This is an important step in our efforts to bring Gigabit-class broadband availability for all Bloomington homes and businesses," said Mayor John Hamilton. "Achieving citywide broadband in our community is challenging, and I'm encouraged that we received responses from twelve qualified entities interested in partnering with us as we identify the best path forward."

Bloomington's digital infrastructure plays a central role in the community's economic prosperity and quality of life. Robust connectivity is essential for modern businesses, education, the creative arts, healthcare and home life. It is also critical for Bloomington to remain competitive as a city and to be positioned to take advantage of advances in healthcare, education and smart city innovation.

The RFI reponses will now be reviewed and evaluated by the City of Bloomington and CTC Technology and Energy (CTC), the company consulting on the broadband initiative.

The entities that responded to the RFI include: Allo Communications, AT&T, Axia Connect Ltd, Centric, Comcast, Fujitsu Network Communications, Macquarie Infrastructure Developments, Metronet, SiFi Networks, Smithville Fiber, Ting Fiber, and Wide Open Networks.

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