Kansas City seeks proposals to expand its fiber-optic network

Kansas City is looking for a private partner to help expand its fiber-optic network.

City officials on Wednesday issued a request for proposals from companies willing to help extend the city’s system beyond its existing 16 miles, mostly within the downtown loop, and the 27 miles under construction. The documents asked that the new lines connect all city-owned buildings, traffic signals and public safety communications equipment all the way to Kansas City International Airport.

Dennis Gagnon, a spokesman for the city’s public works department, said the department has long pushed for greater connectivity between city-owned facilities and also would like to be able to remotely control all of the city’s traffic signals from a central downtown location.

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About Mark Milliman

Mark Milliman is a Principal Consultant at Inphotonics Research driving the adoption and assisting local governments to plan, build, operate, and lease access open-access municipal broadband networks. Additionally, he works with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to increase the value of their intellectual capital through the creation of strategic product plans and execution of innovative marketing strategies. With more than 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry that began at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Mark has built fiber, cable, and wireless networks around the world to deliver voice, video, and data services. His thorough knowledge of all aspects of service delivery from content creation to the design, operation, and management of the network is utilized by carriers and equipment manufacturers. Mark conceived and developed one of the industry's first multi-service provisioning platform and is multiple patent holder. He is active in the IEEE as a senior member. Mark received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
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