Ottawa County, Michigan issues RFP for countywide wireless broadband

Ottawa County, Michigan recently issued an RFP to deploy a coordinated, countywide broadband network throughout the 545 sq miles of the county. To download the RFP, click here.Ottawa County, Michigan recently issued an RFP to deploy a coordinated, countywide broadband network throughout the 545 sq miles of the county. To download the RFP, click here.

Ottawa County is hosting a Pre-Bidder’s Conference on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 to answer any questions that interested providers may have concerning the RFP. Proposals are due June 1, 2005.

Here are a few interesting highlights from the RFP:
– the wireless broadband provider must be willing to wholesale access to other wireless ISPs;
– the provider must be willing to enter into roaming agreements (if more than one provider is selected);
– no public funds will be used to build and run the network, therefore the provider must come up with its own money for the project;
– the provider must allow co-location of other wireless networks on towers if possible;
– the county will not be required to guarantee that other broadband providers will not install broadband infrastructure and compete with the winning bidder(s).

Although no public funds will be made available to the winning bidder, Ottawa County can assist in the following ways:

(1) All 24 local units of government and several local economic development organizations passed Resolutions of Support to deploy the countywide network.

(2) Each local unit of government has agreed to streamline local regulations and obtaining permits, as well as to identify public properties and/or structures that could possibly be used for tower and/or antenna placement.

(3) Local economic development organizations have agreed to help identify commercially-based, anchor tenants for the network.

(4) Ottawa County will provide access to high resolution digital-ortho maps for use in planning and engineering the network.

(5) Ottawa County will oversee the formation of a Broadband Access Network Coordination Group (BANC) to minimize bandwidth interference in the County.

(6) Ottawa County will create a Wireless Broadband Committee for dispute resolution/arbitration, and facilitate the development of roaming agreements to allow for wireless portability between the 3 county regions and possibly with surrounding counties.

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List of RFPs posted on Muniwireless recently (and the dates of posting):

Columbia, South Carolina issues RFP for Wi-Fi hotzones (April 20)
http://www.muniwireless.com/archives/000654.html

San Francisco Public Utility Commission feasibility study (April 18)
http://www.muniwireless.com/archives/000651.html

Minneapolis RFP (April 12)
http://www.muniwireless.com/archives/000641.html

Philadelphia RFP and business plan (April 7)
http://www.muniwireless.com/archives/000635.html

Comments

  1. Nancy DeBoer says:

    We have 72 acres on the ridge in Chester Township and would be willing to have a tower on our property. We are living in a wasteland for the internet. It is almost impossible to do business on the internet as it is so very slow and our only alternative is $60 a month with a $400 software charge to Hughesnet. As retirees that is not a possibility. Let us know how we can speed this process along.