PITTSBURGH, PA (August 23, 2021) Mayor William Peduto announced today an agreement with Crown Castle to provide the first unified fiber connectivity network for City facilities as part of the NetPGH initiative.
Crown Castle will help connect all 131 City facilities on a single network, including EMS stations, fire stations, recreation and healthy active living centers, and critical public safety infrastructure. Connecting all City facilities to a unified, high-speed network, when more than half currently operate on disparate institutional networks, will improve the delivery of core services to residents.
The plan will enable expansion of the Rec2Tech initiative, which transforms the City’s recreation centers into learning labs where children can learn 21st century skills like coding and video game design. The agreement will also advance the Smart Corridors initiative to improve traffic efficiency and prioritize mobility of transit vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The partnership with Crown Castle will allow for the future deployment of public Wi-Fi in city neighborhoods.
“The City’s agreement with Crown Castle will create a more resilient municipal government, enhance our ability to serve the public, and promote digital equity,” said Mayor Peduto. “I’d like to thank our Department of Innovation and Performance for their leadership on the NetPGH initiative.”
The ten-year agreement with Crown Castle totals $10,160,280. Legislation to authorize the agreement will be introduced to City Council on Tuesday, August 24.