BIIG Request for Proposals
This Request for Proposal (RFP) was released on behalf of the K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) and in support of the California Department of Education’s Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) Program, which provides broadband funding for school sites with inadequate capacity to administer the 2014-15 computer-based online assessments.
This Request for Proposal solicited responses from qualified service providers for various communications circuits and optional dark fiber segments across California. The physical addresses and NPA/NXX numbers, when available, are provided in the attached exhibits. For the convenience of sorting and evaluation, responses must be submitted using the Pricing Worksheet (Exhibit D) and responses cannot be in PDF or locked spreadsheets.
Time is of the essence for the procurement and installation of these services. With the anticipation of online student achievement testing to be administered in spring of 2015, the program seeks services, wherever possible, be installed by March of 2015. Installation timeline will be factored heavily in the award of any contracts.
CENIC reserves the right to award all, some, or none of the circuits associated with this RFP, and CENIC may or may not be the ultimate customer-of-record for every circuit listed in this RFP. CENIC is acting as a consortium lead for the purposes of seeking bids and awarding contracts, and may also apply for E-rate and CTF discounts for awarded services on behalf of members of the consortium. However, CENIC may also seek to supersede contracts to individual consortium members during the term of awarded contracts such that the individual members become the customers of record, and, therefore, assume both financial responsibility for the service and the responsibility to apply for their own E-rate and CTF discounts.
The bid due date was Monday, December 8 at 10:00 AM Pacific.
More information at:
BIIG Bidders’ Conferences
In order to obtain information required to make appropriate decisions related to which school sites will receive service enhancements, a procurement process will take place to discover costs involved and the timelines to implement. To accomplish this step, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) – the network operator for the California Research and Education Network - issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on behalf of K12HSN to solicit proposals to serve the school sites deemed eligible for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) program.
While some eligible sites are going through fact-finding and being evaluated for the severity of the issues related to connectivity from the school site to the Internet, K12HSN, CENIC and the California Department of Education (CDE) conducted two bidders’ conferences in order to convene potential bidders. The first bidders’ conference occurred on October 21, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Orange County Department of Education. The second bidders’ conference occurred on October 23, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in Sacramento at the California Department of Education.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide poorly connected school sites with appropriate bandwidth was posted at http://www.cenic.org/RFP on October 17, 2014. Service providers interested in responding to the RFP had until December 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM Pacific to do so.
It is anticipated that review of bids received will occur during December and bid awards will be announced and contracts signed in early months of 2015. Because the circuits will devolve to ownership by the respective school districts, contracts will include a supersedure clause permitting CENIC to be relieved of contractual responsibility after one year, and substituting the district as the responsible party.