ALPHARETTA,Civitium, a consulting firm focused on municipal broadband opportunities and building “digital communities” has won a contract with the City and County of San Francisco for a wireless broadband project.

Civitium will provide strategy, business planning and technical advisory services as part of a “Tech Connect” project. The city and county are seeking to deploy what it calls “universal, affordable, wireless broadband access”.

The San Francisco contract is a follow-on to an earlier deal in which Civitium performed a feasibility study for the broadband concept.

“Civitium’s guidance was critical to ensure that the country’s brightest minds – from the public, nonprofit and private sector – can present creative and innovative options for meeting our goals,” said Chris Vein, the senior advisor on technology for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

“Civitium believes that San Francisco TechConnect will foster a new wave of social and economic benefits for the community,” said Greg Richardson, Civitium’s founder and managing partner, in a statement. “Wireless broadband technology will serve as the foundation and will build on San Francisco’s reputation as one of the world’s most innovative cities.”

The Alpharetta-based firm has been working on several other similar projects. It also is part of the new Digital Communities initiative that was unveiled by Intel on Thursday. That wireless project will launch pilot programs in Cleveland, Corpus Christi TX, Philadelphia and Taipei, Taiwan. Other cities to be included are in Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Monaco, South Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Other participants include Cisco, IBM, EarthLink, Dell and SAP.

“Intel’s vision has provided a framework for community leaders everywhere to achieve social and economic benefits through the use of wireless broadband and other technologies,” Richardson said.

Technology providers such as Intel are wanting to establish a foothold in the emerging municipal efforts, Yankee Group analyst John Jackson told

“Intel is taking an aggressive approach, shaking the tree and putting pressure on wireless technology vendors to deploy the network technology and create demand for the company’s wireless products,” Jackson said.

Civitium was founded Richardson, a former wireless executive with Siemans, and Matt Stone, who has worked in the pass as wireless coordinator for the Georgia Department of Education. Senior partner in the firm is Patrick McCamley, a former director of business development for Siemens as part of that firm’s wireless broadband efforts in North America.

Civitium also recently landed deals with the cities of Miami and New Haven CN.

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