The city of Santa Fe has launched a $1 million project aimed at improving the city's broadband infrastructure and boosting the availability of high-speed Internet connections.
City officials announced Friday that they have issued a request for firms to compete for the opportunity to design, build, own and operate a fiber-optic link from downtown Santa Fe to the St. Michael's corridor.
Mayor David Coss says city councilors heard the request from businesses and community members and made it a priority for bond funding. The council authorized the project as part of a capital improvements bond issue in 2012.
Once complete, the project will enable local Internet providers to increase their network capacities and reduce costs. City officials say this will translate into better speeds and lower prices for customers.
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