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Wake Forest, NC Issues Broadband FTTP RFP

Carol Brunner

Wake Forest, NC Issues Broadband FTTP RFP

 

The Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina (Town) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to convey its interest in partnering with a sophisticated and motivated partner (Partner) to bring fiber-based, Gigabit-class broadband service to the area. The successful Partner will deploy ubiquitous FTTP infrastructure and provide broadband internet service to residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions (CAIs) in the Town.
 
The Town is considering constructing a middle-mile fiber network to connect government buildings and business parks, as well as push distribution fiber into Town neighborhoods. The partnership should either provide an alternative option or expand the Town’s proposed network; enable the Partner to provide and maintain services; and develop a cohesive approach to filling broadband connectivity gaps in the greater Wake Forest area. More information about this middle-mile network is included in the RFI.
 
The Town prefers business models in which it leverages its assets (potentially including the proposed middle-mile network) to enable a partner to deploy, operate, and maintain a FTTP infrastructure that enables multiple providers to offer retail services.  Models that require an anchor tenant payment or a lease fee commitment from the Town may be considered, though these models are not preferred. More details are included in the RFI.
 
The following is the schedule for responding to the RFI.
 
The schedule is subject to change:
 
  • March 29, 2017 – RFI issued
  • April 12, 2017 Deadline for submitting letter of intent to respond to RFI
  • April 19, 2017 Deadline for submitting questions
  • May 3, 2017 – Responses to questions due (from the Town)
  • May 17, 2017 – RFI responses due
 
The RFI (with instructions) and supporting documents are located on our FTP site. All interested respondents are asked to submit a letter of intent to respond via email by 4:00 PM EST April 12, 2017 to [login to unmask email].
 
The ftp site is: ftp://ctcnet.dyndns.org
 
The username is: WakeForestRFI
The password is: f2pu?Ugu
 
We recommend using an FTP program such as Filezilla to download files from the site.
 
We thank you in advance for your consideration.
 
Michael O’Halloran
Staff Analyst | CTC Technology & Energy
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