Internet service providers (ISPs) are invited to respond to a newly released Request for Qualifications for Last-Mile Broadband Grant and Support Opportunity.
In preparation for upcoming funding opportunities from local, state, and federal agencies, Nevada County has launched this RFQ, which will help vet internet service providers who are interested in partnering with the County on future projects; help the County advocate for ISPs’ local grant-funded projects; and help the County match ISPs with suitable grant funding.
The County seeks to partner with and support internet service providers (ISPs) committed to expanding broadband in unserved areas (defined as those lacking actual download and upload speeds of at least 25 Mbps down and 3 Mpbs up), and is supportive of both fiber-to-the-home and fixed wireless solutions.
All ISPs vetted through the RFQ will receive free consultation on their project proposals with the Nevada County Community Development Agency. Additionally, the County is supporting ISPs seeking to expand broadband in the County with two other innovative tools: 1) the programmatic environmental impact report for broadband; and 2) providing access to the countywide “Need for Speed” internet access survey, which is available in a user-friendly map that can be used to assess potential project areas.
The deadline for submissions is June 8 by 5 pm PT. All addenda for this RFQ will be distributed via Nevada County’s website: https://www.nevadacountyca.gov/734/Purchasing#RFQ
Direct all inquiries regarding the RFQ in writing to:
CPPO, CPPB Nevada County Purchasing Division
950 Maidu Ave.
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-1557