Vermont Public Service Department Issues First Request for Proposals under the Connectivity Initiative
Montpelier, Vermont – The Public Service Department today issued its first request for proposals under the new Connectivity Initiative, pursuant to Act 190 passed in 2014. The RFP invites Internet Service Providers to submit proposals to serve locations identified by the Department as needing improved access to broadband Internet service. The Department will award grants to organizations willing to serve these areas. The Department will utilize up to $963,350.00 in available funding to support the extension of broadband facilities in underserved communities.
Public Service Commissioner, Christopher Recchia, stated “the Connectivity Initiative will play an important role in continuing Vermont’s effort to bridge the connectivity divide between rural and urban communities.” Broadband speeds to underserved areas are the focus of the new initiative. “We hope that through the Connectivity Initiative we can increase the speed and quality of broadband service in Vermont’s hardest-to-reach areas,” said Commissioner Recchia. Any technology will be accepted, so long as it meets the minimum service characteristics contained in the RFP.
To initiate the process, the Department identified over 1,700 locations eligible for support through this first round of funding. The lowest acceptable speed for funding under this RFP is 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload, but the Department encourages solutions that provide higher levels of service. “We want to bring these communities the best quality broadband service we can with our funding,” stated Recchia.
A copy of the RFP, along with a list of eligible locations, can be obtained by visiting the Public Service Department online at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/connectivity or by emailing the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal deadline is March 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.