The City of Fresno, California (City) issues this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to convey its interest in identifying one or more motivated, high-caliber partners (Respondent) to make affordable, ubiquitous Gigabit-class broadband services and capabilities available throughout the City. The City welcomes responses from any legally qualified entity, including for-profit and non-profit entities that envision a long-term relationship with the City, its businesses, and its users.
The City of Fresno is centrally located in the center of the San Joaquin Valley and serves as a hub to three national parks, the Central California Coast, and California’s largest cities (Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). As the fifth largest city in California and California’s largest inland city, Fresno is a center for innovation and growth in the region. Since 2011, the City has experienced a significant increase in technology jobs making Fresno one of the leading technology regions in California. In addition to its growing technology industries, the Fresno economy has a major export industry presence, an expansive medical and health services industry, and numerous higher educational institutions.
As the City’s economy continues to expand and evolve, City leadership is committed to ensuring that Fresno is well situated to meet the Internet infrastructure needs of future-facing companies and industries, which are increasingly requiring ultra-high speed, high-bandwidth connections.