The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“Mass Tech Collaborative”), on behalf of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (“MBI”), is issuing this RFP (No. 2017-MBI-02) for grant funding to support last mile broadband connectivity for 40 towns in western Massachusetts that do not currently have widely available residential access to broadband internet service (individually a “Town” and collectively the “Towns”). Mass Tech Collaborative is seeking responses from qualified companies that are interested in designing, building, owning, operating, managing and maintaining a communications network in one or more of the Towns that will provide residents, businesses, government offices and community institutions with broadband internet access that meets or exceeds the current Federal Communications broadband benchmark of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds (the “Network”). The proposed Network in each Town must provide broadband internet access to at least 96% of Town residences.
MBI has allocated up to $19,680,000, in the aggregate, for grant award(s) to broadband provider(s) to support the delivery of broadband service to the 40 unserved Towns consistent with the terms of this RFP. MBI will enter into grant agreements and award grant funds based on a Respondent’s application to provide broadband service to an individual town or a group of Towns. The MBI’s grant allocation for each Town is listed in Attachment D of the RFP. MBI seeks to fund sustainable projects and therefore will only award grants to a financially sound and stable companies with significant experience in building and operating residential broadband networks.
Full details can be found in the ‘Request for Proposals’ PDF linked below.
RFP for Last Mile Grants to Provide Broadband Service to Unserved Towns in Western Massachusetts
Request for Proposals issued: November 18, 2016
Bidders Conference: Wednesday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m
(NOTE: Please register by 12/13 at 5 p.m. via email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for Questions: December 16, 2016 (submitted by e-mail to email@example.com;
Answers to Questions Posted: December 22, 2016;
Complete responses due: January 11, 2017, by 3:00 p.m.