To close the digital divide, and to provide more choice, competition, and affordable Internet service prices, the City of San Francisco is seeking to develop a citywide network that provides fiber-based Internet service directly to every home and business. This network will be both universal throughout the City - available to everybody in San Francisco, regardless of income - and open-access, so that any qualified entity who wants to provide service to residents and businesses should be able to do so. Additionally, the City anticipates that a subsidy to provide low-income San Franciscans with free or reduced-cost Internet will be necessary.
To make this highly innovative project a reality, the City has identified multiple ways to meet the stated project goals, including procuring a life-cycle, public-private partnership (P3) contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the citywide fiber network. This presentation will examine how the city innovated the structure of the P3 and discusses the implications for the city, its partners and the people of San Francisco.