A 21st century digital infrastructure is critical to supporting Chicago’s long-term growth, job creation, global competitiveness, and overall quality of life. Mayor Emanuel is committed to making the investments required to ensure that Chicago is prepared to meet the demands of the modern economy and position Chicago as one of the most connected cities in the world.

This is where you come in.

The Broadband Challenge opens a dialogue with the public, inviting all Chicagoans to get creative and explore the possibilities of how and where to build this infrastructure and what a globally leading digital network allows us to accomplish. This conversation will inform the way the City moves forward with its broadband development strategy. Any individual, company, student, nonprofit organization, or community group is encouraged to respond, either informally through this website or as part of the formal responses the City is soliciting through a Request for Information.

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We need your ideas

The Broadband Challenge invites the public to submit ideas and insights on:

1. How the City can best make use of its existing broadband infrastructure and potential uses for future expansion of high-speed broadband access citywide. So let’s fill-in-the blank here:

  • “If I had ultra-high-speed broadband at home I could….”
  • “If my school/church/community group had blazing fast internet service we could…”
  • “If my company had gigabit speed fiber we could…”

To submit your thoughts on how the City could use faster broadband service, send your answers to these questions, along with any general comments to chicagobroadband@cityofchicago.org.

2. How and where the City should make these critical infrastructure improvements. The City has released a Request for Information that seeks to engage private companies, universities, and other organizations to accomplish 3 main goals:

  • Build a world-class broadband infrastructure with gigabit speed fiber
  • Provide affordable, reliable broadband service in underserved and disadvantaged areas
  • Establish free wireless networks in parks and public spaces across the City


Click here to view the Request for Information and required Addendums No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3. Questions regarding the RFI and Addendums can be sent to rona.jeongco@cityofchicago.org. RFI responses must be submitted through the process outlined in the RFI documents.


October 24, 2012 – RFI Appendices A and B Due (optional)

October 26, 2012 – Pre-Submittal Conference at City Hall, Room 1103A, 2:00pm (See the attendee list)

October 31, 2012 – RFI Questions Due

November 19, 2012 – RFI Responses Due

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