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Located in beautiful Monterey County on California's Central Coast, the City of Salinas is a young, vibrant, and diverse community of over 157,000 residents.  Located in one of the world's premier agricultural areas and just one hour from Silicon Valley, the City of Salinas is poised for long-term economic growth.  The Economic Development Division is dedicated to identifying and removing barriers to prosperity, while seeking new opportunities for private investment in the City.

Broadband Request for Proposals 

March 19, 2021 - The City of Salinas has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified companies to operate, provision, maintain and/or provide services on the Salinas Municipal Broadband Network (Salinas Network).  The City is seeking proposals that would take advantage of the City's fiber assets to do the following:

- Providing low cost, reliable consumer broadband service, delivered to residents inside their homes at download and upload speeds sufficient to enable full and unrestricted access to online services.

- Licensing by respondents of surplus (i.e. not needed to support consumer service) dark fiber on the Salinas Network for the purpose of providing dedicated gigabit-class service for large numbers of commercial, industrial, and institutional users.

- Selling such services to the City of Salinas on an anchor customer basis.

- Operation and maintenance of the Salinas Network on a contract basis.

Copies of the RFP and documents referenced therein may be found below.  

Salinas Broadband RFP

RFP Appendix A

RFP Appendix B

Broadband Plan Update 2019

CPUC Resolution T-17429

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated April 14, 2021)

Responses to the RFP are due no later than April 30, 2021.  More detailed information, including specific timelines and City contact information, may be found within the RFP document. 

Agriculture/AgTech

The Salinas Valley is one the world's premier agricultural regions, with an estimated economic impact of over $8 billion per year.  Monterey County has ten crops with an annual farm gate value of over $100 million, with 26 crops having a farm gate value of at least $1 million.  The City of Salinas serves as the processing center for regional produce.  

In addition to being an agricultural hub, the City of Salinas is also home to a number of businesses and initiatives in the Agricultural Technology (AgTech) industry.  Information about local agtech can be found here.

Opportunity Zones

The City of Salinas has had five Census Tracts designated as Opportunity Zones.  Please click here for more information.