The City of Tacoma released a Request for Information and Qualifications last week to gather feedback from private and public organizations interested in partnering with local public telecommunications provider, Click! Network.

The city is working with CTC Technology & Energy, a consulting firm, to develop the RFI/Q and help select a partner. CTC Technology & Energy has worked as a consultant for U.S. public agencies for over 30 years.

“I am optimistic that we will hear from a variety of organizations that see the Click! Network for the valuable, well-maintained asset that it is,” stated Joanne Hovis, president of CTC Technology & Energy.

The Tacoma Public Utility Board and the Tacoma City Council came up with 12 community policy goals they will expect partners to adhere to, including: continuing public ownership, ensuring equitable access, enforcing net neutrality, promoting economic development and educational opportunities, and protecting customer privacy.

In addition to meeting the community policy goals, partners would be expected to grow Click!’s customer base, upgrade the existing network, and provide support with operations.

Responses to the RFI/Q are due April 27. Tacoma city leaders will review partnership applicants for Click! in May.