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City partners with Sprint Nextel in Power & Light District

The City of Kansas City, Mo., has signed a 15-year contract with Sprint Nextel to lease conduit in the Power & Light District and Sprint Center arena area.

"We are hopeful that this partnership will become a model of how the City links service providers and their customers," City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. "The City strives to be a premier provider of telecommunications infrastructure capabilities, not only to support its current business partners, but also to attract new partners to Kansas City. This is the first step."

The City also plans to take a leadership role in providing opportunities throughout the entertainment district that will allow all telecommunication providers equal access to the area via a conduit infrastructure built and managed by the City.

"We plan to continue to evolve as an innovative leader providing the capabilities and telecommunications infrastructure that influence economic growth for Kansas City," said Mary J. Miller, acting chief information officer. "The construction of the Power & Light District presented a rare opportunity for the City to install conduit, and our goal is to provide a long-term lease of a portion of the conduit to individual service providers at a reduced fee, compared to the cost of building independent facilities."

The conduit installation will help reduce and may eliminate street degradation and disruption to pedestrian and traffic flow. This will be significant in this environment as the need to improve and advance technology continues. This reduction in street damage largely will be due to manholes and handholes that have been strategically placed throughout the district to provide easy access to this conduit.

"Sprint is thrilled to be a part of the infrastructure upon which great things will be built in the entertainment district," said Tom Murphy, vice president of experiential marketing at Sprint Nextel. "From the time we broke ground on the Sprint Center to the day where families will be enjoying the amenities the district has to offer, Sprint is proud to lay the foundation with what may seem like a simple conduit, but in reality is the communications link to downtown's future."

Other benefits the City will realize from the conduit include improved service delivery to residents, support for emergency preparedness and public safety, revenue generating opportunities, and a link to the underserved. The approximate life expectancy is 30 years.

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