Huntsville Fiber RFI deadline pushed back to May 8, around a dozen responses expected

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than a month ago, the City of Huntsville issued a Request for Information, or RFI, to reel in companies interested in providing fiber internet to the Rocket City.

Not only has the city gotten responses, City of Huntsville Business Relations Officer Harrison Diamond tells us, “We did receive some requests to extend the deadline by two weeks. So we’ve extended it until Friday.”

He adds, “We’ve actually already received a couple of responses back. I think we’ve got about three right now.”

But Diamond says the city expects around a dozen replies by May 8.

One important aspect to note, the city wants a provider that will give access to all residents and businesses in Huntsville. But they haven’t indicated they want that relationship to be exclusive. Other providers could still enter the space.

Diamond adds, “What I’d say is very interesting is the companies that have called and said, ‘We might not respond to this, but you’re very interesting to us.’ We like that, and we’ve heard that from a couple of other companies that are located here that play in that space.

So the RFI has worked in one sense. It has Huntsville on some radars.

If you want to read more about the RFI, you can find it here.