IDOT fails to woo wireless provider for rest stops

Sunday, October 28, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- State-sponsored wireless access at interstate rest stops is on hold after Illinois officials failed to find anyone willing to provide the service.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says no vendors submitted proposals after it put out a call for bids.

It's the second time in less than a year that the process fell flat.

In a first attempt, just one company submitted a proposal to offer the service at more than 50 rest stops. But that vendor was later disqualified for missing a meeting.

IDOT had hoped to have the service in place by 2007.

A department spokesman says the agency hasn't given up, but he isn't sure when bids might be sought for a third time.

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