Colorado Wireless Communities (CWC), a group of 10 Denver-area cities, has announced its plan for a comprehensive wireless broadband network and is looking for vendors to fund, build, own and operate the regional network.
The CWC consists of Arvada, Boulder, Broomfield, Golden, Lakewood, Louisville, Northglenn, Superior, Thornton, and Wheat Ridge.
In April, the CWC began exploring the feasibility of attracting a regional wireless broadband provider. The group, which represents a population of more than 620,000 people, invested several months evaluating the needs of the community, studying market trends, and identifying a business model to meet its objectives.
It also has hired consulting firm Civitium to help with feasibility assessment, and the development and management of a RFP.
The CWC anticipates an RFP in early 1007 and subsequent vendor selection in the spring.
“This is an exciting step forward for the region and its provision of services in the digital age,” said Lakewood Mayor Steve Burkeholder. “By pursuing a regional, cooperative effort, we will be able to enhance government services across the entire CWC region. We feel strongly that wireless broadband will promote job, business and economic growth throughout the region.”
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