St. Louis issues RFI for improved Internet service

A group of development officials from the city of St. Louis, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the city’s tourist and visitors organization have joined together to release a request for information (RFI) seeking to identify an Internet service provider able to bring ultra-fast service to the Missouri city. The project would make available to the winning bidder the city’s unused fiber lines, rights-of-way and utility poles.

The RFI states that the city and its partners have four goals in mind: offer gigabit service in “targeted innovation clusters and high-demand residential zones,” deliver that service at “prices comparable to other gigabit fiber communities across the nation,” ensure that service covers the entire city of St. Louis and deliver internet service over a wired or wireless network to disadvantaged residential areas. Respondents do not need to address all four goals, however.

Responses are due June 20.