New York City to issue RFP for Internet Master Plan this fall
New York – The city of New York will release a request for proposals (RFP) this fall as it accelerates its $157 million Internet Master Plan initiative to provide hundreds of thousands of residents with low-cost internet service.
According to the city’s chief technology officer, the RFP will help the city find the partners and allocate the capital to serve 600,000 residents, including 200,000 in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in neighborhoods impacted most by COVID-19.
The first phase of plan implementation is underway. The Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, in partnership with NYCHA and NYC Economic Development Corporation, collected proposals through a request for expressions of interest that identified ready-to-deploy ideas or pilot projects that will provide residents at NYCHA units with reduced-cost internet service options.
These options may range from new products and pricing, new service choices with discounted rates for public housing residents, free Wi-Fi solutions that residents can reach from their homes, or other approaches employing established or emerging technologies.
The city expects full deployment of the program occurring throughout 2020 and 2021.