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City of Portsmouth Awards Contract For Citizen Connectivity Study
August 9, 2018

The City of Portsmouth, Virginia has announced the engagement of Federal Engineering Inc. (FE) and its subcontractor Magellan Advisors (FE/Magellan Team), the nation’s leading broadband and smart city development firm, to create a Citizen Connectivity Study.

Earlier this year, the city implemented a fiber design master plan and awarded a contract to the FE/Magellan Team in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) to construct a community broadband network. The broadband project, a $9 million multiphase capital project, encompasses 55 miles of state-of-the-art fiber optics designed to increase internet connectivity around the city. The new Citizen Connectivity Study will be focused on using the City’s planned fiber-optic backbone network: as a platform for digital inclusion initiatives; a driver for economic development; for support of efficient municipal operations; and to increase the area’s quality of life.

The FE/Magellan Team will supplement its extensive knowledge from designing Portsmouth’s new fiberoptic
network with research into other regional network infrastructure. The community broadband network will include connections to community anchor institutions such as hospitals, higher education centers, and will serve as a catalyst to narrow the digital divide and regional broadband initiatives. According to Daniel Jones, chief information officer for the City of Portsmouth, although construction began in July, the project is a five-year build-out that will make Portsmouth a digital port.

“The Citizen Connectivity Study will provide precise information on what businesses and citizens actually
need when it comes to high-speed internet connectivity,” said Jones. “Our project will connect all municipal
facilities including schools and the broadband network will improve municipal operations at a substantial
cost savings.”


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