Vt Community Broadband Board Seeks High Level Design and Business Planning Support for NonCUD Towns

12 May 2022

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Scoping Study for Non-CUD Towns

The Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCCB or Board) provides funding, oversight, and support for the State of Vermont in its efforts to get every address connected to high-speed Broadband. As defined in Act 71, passed by the legislature and signed into law on June 8, 2021, Communication Union Districts (CUDs) have been established to construct and operate fiber optic networks to carry out Broadband goals. The State’s strategy for broadband deployment focuses on public entities called CUDs. A CUD is an organization of two or more towns that join together as a municipal entity to build communication infrastructure together. 207 Vermont towns are actively involved in CUDs with over 404 volunteer board members and alternates supporting Vermont’s effort to get everyone connected. Over 90 percent of the unserved and underserved addresses are covered by CUDs. The purpose of this RFP is to identify a solution or solutions for towns that are currently not members of a CUD and not actively engaged with a provider to provide speed equal or greater to 100/100 Mbps.

The Vermont Community Broadband Board is requesting proposals for the production of a scoping study to provide high-level design, cost analysis, and recommendations related to broadband projects providing service of at least 100/100 Mbps that are a part of a Universal Service Plan in non-CUD towns and meet other criteria as specified in Act 71 as well as those criteria established by the Vermont Community Broadband Board. For more information, including scope of services and schedule, please see the RFP Document. Respondent selected for this work must be able to begin work within 30 days upon awarding of the contract and to prepare for meeting the timeline established in the RFP for the completion of work.

Bids will be accepted via email submission to robert.fish@vermont.gov.

Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., June 27, 2022

Please send any questions to: Rob Fish, Deputy Director Vermont Community Broadband Board 112 State Street Montpelier, VT 05620 Phone: 802-522-2617 Email: robert.fish@vermont.gov