The City of Shelby, Ohio (“City”) is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to determine need, feasibility and justification for providing affordable broadband high-speed internet access for Shelby businesses and residents. The City considers a modern digital infrastructure to be a critical component of a competitive city of the future and wishes to ensure that it is well positioned to meet the current and future needs of its residents, businesses and anchor institutions. This project will result in the production of a Feasibility Study containing a residential needs assessment, business needs assessment, and deployment cost estimates. The desired outcome of this planning effort is to provide a tool for the City to establish if Shelby residents and businesses want this service, determine a successful deployment strategy and the associated cost to implement fiber to the premises (“FTTP”) within the City, and assess whether such project will be sufficiently supported by customer rates to justify the investment in this infrastructure.
A registration form (Attachment A) is provided. Registration is strongly recommended as only firms that register will receive automatic updates on the RFP and answers to any questions posed by others. The registration form may be emailed to the Director of Utilities, John Ensman at [login to unmask email] To ensure that all prospective respondents accurately and completely understand the RFP requirements, the City will accept written questions via e-mail to the Director of Utilities at by the date and time listed below. Replies to all questions will be sent blind copy to all responding vendors.
Only one point of contact is offered to respondents for this procurement and all communication must be accomplished exclusively by e-mail submission of questions to the procurement contact. No other direct or indirect contact is to be made during this RFP period with the procurement contact or with any other member of the City concerning this project. Violation of these project rules may be cause for rejection of any submitted proposal.
Questions must be submitted by December 13, 2019.