Atlanta BeltLine Inc. is asking for proposals from companies interested in using infrastructure along the multi-use trial to provide high-speed internet services.
Jerald Mitchell, ABI’s Director of Economic Development, said the Beltline has been building the conduits as it has completed sections of the trail.
“There is no fiber optic cable in that Beltline infrastructure, so we’re building infrastructure beneath the Beltline trail,” he said. “There are eight 12-inch plastic tubes running underneath the Beltltine and those tubes can be used to run power infrastructure, fiber optic cables and they can be used for a multitude of things.”
Mitchell said there is infrastructure in proximity to the Beltline – the condos and businesses do have internet access – but this would be to help existing providers with “last-mile connectivity.” There are sites along the Beltline that don’t have the infrastructure close by, making this project vital to those areas, he said.
“The reality is we’re to some extent and open book here,” Mitchell said. “There may be applications for this conduit infrastructure we don’t know about or haven’t thought of. To the extent we can get creative parties to get those ideas forward, we’re willing to explore those things.”
Proposals are due by March 9. Here is the full announcement from ABI seeking partners for the conduit project:
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Seeking Proposals for ConduitUtilization
ATLANTA – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is seeking proposals from potential operating partners to manage conduitduct bank infrastructure owned or controlled by ABI. Appropriate use of this infrastructure will further catalyze equitable and quality economic development. It is ABI’s goal to utilize the Atlanta BeltLine conduit to support equitable access to advanced services.
With the release of this request for proposals, ABI will engage a partner with experience and expertise in managing such infrastructure. Responses must provide information that will assist with the following objectives:
- Attracting broadband and/or utility providers interested in building and providing next-generation services and utilities;
- Making broadband connectivity available of 10 Gigabits or greater for businesses and institutions on an affordable and timely basis;
- Attracting conduit clients that can offer low-cost “lifeline” Internet or Wi-Fi services to disadvantaged residents based upon certain qualifications to increase the adoption of broadband in the area;
- Attracting conduit clients that will meet future bandwidth, performance, and quality requirements in accordance with future technology advances;
- Support establishment of wireless network hotspots in public spaces in areas adjacent to portions of the wired network, and throughout the current and future Atlanta BeltLine corridor
- Support establishment of a “Smart Corridor” around the Atlanta BeltLine that accommodates future needs
- Propose a complete strategic scenario for how the conduit duct bank management partner will manage, monetize (including a financial plan) and attract businesses to the conduit duct bank infrastructure.
Proposals are due on March 9. A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9. More details can be found online in the Request for Proposals.