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Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Missouri: North Kansas City considering municipal broadband system
"Black & Veatch Corp. has won a $140,000 contract to develop a telecommunications master plan for North Kansas City. The city is interested in becoming a provider of services such as high-speed Internet and cable TV for business and residential customers. Black & Veatch and its partners will study the viability of such a step, with a report expected by the end of the year."
"The analysis will include a review of the telecommunications needs in the community, cost projections for developing and operating a system, and different models for owning and running the network. City officials see the move as an extension of a roughly $600,000 fiberoptic ring it has installed to connect municipal buildings."
"Joining with Black & Veatch are Uptown Services LLC of Greenwood Village, Colo., and the Baller Herbst Law Group, communications specialists based in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis. Uptown Services will do the business and financial analyses. Baller Herbst has legal expertise in the municipal operations of telecommunications systems."