Mayor Bob Buckhorn requests proposals for free Wi-Fi in urban parks

11:48 AM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Visitors to Tampa's urban parks may soon be able to enjoy the great outdoors and stay connected without having to use up any minutes on their cellular plans.

On Tuesday, Mayor Buckhorn released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a provider who can offer free, outdoor wireless internet access in Tampa's urban parks.

"Wi-Fi will be a draw, particularly for the thousands of visitors who come down to the parks throughout our urban core, and a great amenity for the residents who live around them," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

The RFP requests that the free, outdoor Wi-Fi be available along the Tampa Riverwalk, Water Works Park, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Cotanchobee Park, and Riverfront Park.

A vendor could support the free Wi-Fi availability by charging for Wi-Fi in other areas of the city or through online advertising, for example. The RFP requests an experienced provider who can own and operate the Wi-Fi network independently of the City.

Responses to the RFP are due to the City of Tampa on July 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

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