This RFP reflects the commitment of Mayor Jim Bowlin and the Wildwood City Council to ensure highspeed broadband is available to as many residents and businesses in the City of Wildwood (City) as possible. The City recognizes many residents already have access to high-speed service - whether from Spectrum, Wisper ISP, Bays ET, or other providers—because they live in areas where it is technically feasible and cost-effective for local internet service providers (ISP) to provide it. However, such service is not available everywhere in Wildwood due to the high cost of construction and, with respect to wireless coverage, technical challenges related to wireless propagation. These hurdles include lowdensity development, long driveways, requirements for underground construction, tree cover, and topography. In short, ISPs cannot provide ubiquitous coverage and obtain a reasonable rate of return everywhere in the City.
The City has decided to explore the potential for closing this broadband availability gap by offering a subsidy to qualified and committed private sector partners. In this RFP, the City offers to provide a grant to one or more ISPs or other entities (Applicants) that commit to meeting the goals and conditions outlined in this RFP and in subsequent negotiations. The purpose of the grant will be to defray the cost of the infrastructure necessary to meet the requirements of the RFP, which might include construction of fiber optics and conduit and/or poles to mount wireless facilities (Assets).
Through this RFP, the City seeks proposals from applicants (Applicant) to build, operate, and maintain Assets to provide internet service of at least 100 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload (i.e., 100/10 service) throughout the City. For the purposes of this RFP, the City is particularly interested in addressing “underserved” premises, or those unable to receive at least 25 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload service (25/3 service). The City understands providing 100/10 service to 100 percent of premises in Wildwood may be infeasible for a range of reasons. The City seeks proposals that come as close to ubiquitous service as possible; that state clearly how many premises will be covered and how many potentially left underserved or with no service; and that state what it would cost to provide service to these additional premises.
The City welcomes the responses of incumbent ISPs, competitive providers, and non-profit institutions, cooperatives, and entities that are not traditional ISPs, and are interested in offering service under innovative business models. The City encourages collaboration among Applicants as necessary to meet the goals of this RFP.