DVFiber seeks proposals for public/private partnership

DVFiber seeks proposals from private sector firms or groups of firms to form a public / private partnership with DVFiber that will provide Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) Internet service and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service to locations in DVFiber’s member towns in Southern Vermont.

DVFiber has a very clear view of its public service mission, vision, and principles. DVFiber seeks a private sector partner to work in alignment with the mission, vision, and principles. Potential partners are encouraged to be creative in developing partnership concepts that will achieve these objectives as quickly as possible while providing sufficient short and long-term commercial opportunities.

DVFiber envisions a true partnership in which both DVFiber and Partner shall have a shared interest in delivering universal, affordable, high quality Internet and Voice service to locations that are not served adequately by incumbent providers now. DVFiber and the winning partner shall collaborate to ensure that the Partnership relationship is orderly, transparent, mutually beneficial, and sufficiently flexible to enable responsive adaptation to environmental changes or operating contingencies.

The winning proposal will collaborate with DVFiber toward a contract that addresses a required scope of work in several categories:

  • Utility Pole Study
  • Design and Engineering
  • Detailed Engineering Construction Design
  • Fiber Distribution Network Construction
  • Customer Premises Installation
  • Project Management Support
  • Network Operations
  • Technical Support
  • Business Development and Customer Support
  • Administrative Support
  • Capital Funding Support

The complete Request for Proposals is available here. The deadline for proposal submission is 4 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2021.

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