Sarah McKenzie

Two finalists emerge in bids for city wireless contract

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The city of Minneapolis has whittled down to two companies its list of potential vendors to build a citywide wireless Internet network.

City officials are negotiating with two finalists for the contract — Earthlink, an Atlanta-based Internet service provider (ISP), and U.S. Internet, a Minnetonka-based ISP.

The companies have beaten out several other Internet service providers who responded to a request for proposals (RFP) earlier this year. The company that wins the bid will build and manage the wireless network, while the city will serve as the main network user.

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