Request for Proposals: Broadband Feasibility Project

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submission date extended to march 8th

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is requesting proposals from interested parties for the services outlined below as they relate to the completion of an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant funded project entitled “The U.S. 33 Corridor Broadband Feasibility Project.”

Project Description

The purpose of the U.S. 33 Corridor Broadband Feasibility Project is to create a playbook that will guide the potential future development and deployment of broadband internet services in the identified areas of Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, and Washington Counties in Ohio. In general, this playbook will contain information that will assist in the creation of a permanent, scalable broadband utility network in participating communities. The playbook should include an inventory of existing physical assets (e.g. Southeast Ohio Healthcare Network, Horizon Fiber network, etc.), a gap analysis of providers and services in the area, validation of demand for service in unserved/underserved areas, build out potential based on currently deployed assets, infrastructure recommendations to address shortcomings in the existing network of assets, partnership opportunities, pricing information for recommended investments, and potential funding strategies for all identified.

Further information on these items is listed in the project scope below.

The final deliverable product should be composed of written documents, reports, charts, maps, websites, and/or other multimedia content necessary to capture and express the information generated during the project. Public presentations to stakeholders and partners may be required by the successful bidder.

Contractors with questions regarding this RFP should submit them via email to Bret Allphin at bretallphin@buckeyehills.org, and copy Sara Marrs-Maxfield at sara@athenscountyohedc.com.

All efforts will be made to answer the questions as they are received.

For the full Request for Proposals, including a Scope of Work, Qualifications, Submission Requirements, Evaluation Factors, and more can be found in the document linked via the button below.