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Newmarket to issue Request for Proposal for Internet Service Provider

September 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
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The Town will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to create an implementation strategy for a gigabit corridor pilot project. Interested ISP’s will partner with Newmarket to help achieve the Town’s objectives of providing high-speed, competitively priced broadband throughout the phase I pilot area of Main Street, Davis Drive and Leslie Street. Ultimately, it is anticipated that the partnership will result in enhanced broadband service throughout the community.

“Exploring opportunities, partnerships and business cases related to broadband initiatives and innovation centres was one of the 2012 - 2104 Strategic Priorities of Council, and we are pleased to be moving forward with this RFP,” said Mayor Tony Van Bynen. “We look forward to taking the next step with this exciting initiative that will transform our community.”

The RFP seeks to set the standards for speed, service and pricing for the interconnected areas of Main Street (from Water to Davis Drive), Davis Drive (from Main Street to Leslie Street) and the Leslie Street/Harry Walker Parkway area. As noted at the August 25 Committee of the Whole meeting, the RFP will be structured for the new Council to consider in the first quarter of 2015.

For the past several months, the Town has been exploring the economic impact and cost of implementing a gigabit corridor with the firm of David Sandel and Associates to identify economic opportunities and recommend a pilot project area. A subsequent report found that installing high-speed, competitively priced broadband throughout the gigabit corridor for businesses could help attract approximately 17 new firms with 205 employees to Newmarket, while helping to retain current companies.

“Pursuing this path is vital for the economic health of Newmarket now and in the years to come,” said Economic Development Officer Chris Kallio. “We continue to engage the community and gain valuable feedback from our partners on this project as we strive to build upon our reputation as an innovative municipality.”

In 2013, Newmarket was one of five communities in Canada to receive a Google eTown award, given to “the towns and cities whose businesses are leading the way in embracing the opportunities of the Internet and are investing in online tools and resources to find new customers and grow their businesses to succeed in an increasingly connected world.”

The RFP will be issued in the fall of 2014. For more information on the RFP and bidding process, please visit www.newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193.