Technical Telecommunications & Finance Expert Services

21 December 2016

Vermont Department of Public Service Request for Proposals for Technical Telecommunications & Finance Expert Services: Review of Proposed Acquisition of FairPoint Communications by Consolidated Communications

The Vermont Department of Public Service (Department), which represents the public interest and Vermont ratepayers in utility cases before the Vermont Public Service Board, federal regulatory agencies, and state and federal courts, is seeking proposals from qualified entities for telecommunications expert services to assist the Department in its review of a proposed acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. by Consolidated Communications Inc.

The Department is seeking to retain a consultant (or consultants) with technical expertise in the following subject areas: (1) financial and economic analysis of the proposed acquisition; and (2) telecommunications company and network operations, with an emphasis on service offerings to consumers and associated service quality issues. Consultants are invited to respond either in part or in the entirety to this Request for Proposals (RFP), depending on the consultant’s experience. The Department will accept proposals that respond to either or both of the subject areas listed above, and consultants will not need to respond to both subject areas to be considered.

Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017. There is no guarantee, express or implied, regarding the Department’s future needs. The Department retains the discretion to hire alternative or additional consultants during the contract period. The Department anticipates that the contract period will last for a period of up to two (2) years, with the possibility for renewal. The Department, however, anticipates that the majority of the work associated with this RFP will be completed within 6 months of selection of a contractor(s). One (1) original signed hard copy, three (3) additional hard copies, and an electronic copy of the proposal must be delivered to the attention of Daniel Burke, Department of Public Service. Proposals and questions can be submitted any time prior to the deadline, and should be directed to:

Daniel Burke
Vermont Department of Public Service
112 State Street – Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05620-2601
Phone: (802) 828-4019

Department of Public Service

June Tierney, Commissioner
112 State Street
Montpelier, VT

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