Colorado city explores potential P3 for fiber-optic initiative
Colorado – The city of Centennial issued a request for information (RFI) to gauge interest of for-profits, nonprofits, and other organizations in forming partnerships on the city’s fiber-optic initiative.
Centennial is exploring potential public-private partnerships (P3s) or public-public partnerships to further enhance broadband connectivity for the city’s residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions.
Agreed upon solutions may potentially include a privately-owned and operated city-wide Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) deployment that addresses the digital divide and/or Smart City applications.
Work would include engineering and construction to expand the city’s fiber optic grid. It is intended and anticipated that this construction will make use of existing city-owned fiber and conduit.
This enhancement may be accomplished through the use of the existing 50-mile, 432-fiber strand city backbone or other infrastructure, in addition to the expansion of the fiber grid. The city is planning additional construction in 2021 of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) with 432-fiber and 96-fiber cables, with allocation for commercial and community use.
The intent of the backbone is to serve as Centennial’s primary communication network for its municipal uses, a platform to serve other public organizations’ needs, and a resource that may support improved delivery of broadband services to the city’s residents, businesses, and community anchor organizations, in conjunction with broadband providers that wish to partner with the city.
RFI submissions are due by 2 p.m. MST May 10. Information received in this process will guide the city’s ultimate decision