Dakota County RFP for broadband consutling services: a nice model

Thanks to David Asp for sharing an RFP that Dakota County posted late last year. They are looking for research to support broadband development. It’s nice to see what Dakota County is doing – but foe a wider audience it’s nice to see a model RFP.

Here’s a list of required deliverables…

1. A summation of Best Management Practices in this subject area from urban areas similar to Dakota County across the US. Particularly, the experiences in Carver County, Scott County and Anoka County, Minnesota should be included.

2. Supplemental compilations of the broadband visions, goals and achievements for cities in Dakota County and Dakota County government itself.

3. Documentation of the needs for bandwidth and capacity for governments in the County – individually and in the aggregate. This will include the County government itself and cities within the county. Are improvements needed and if so what bandwidths and capacities should be the target?

4. Documentation of the needs for bandwidth and capacity for businesses, educational facilities and non-profit entities in the County – individually and in the aggregate. This should include a good estimation of bandwidths and capacities that are presently available. Are improvements needed and if so what speeds and capacities should be the target?

5. Proposed “closing of gaps” and additional facilities required to serve all city and county facilities in the county (I-Net 2) and estimated costs for the system. Advantages and disadvantages of the various potential technologies should be explained including but not limited to Wi-Fi (802.11), WiMAXX (802.16) and fiber optics. A recommendation on the most appropriate technology / technologies should be included.

6. Analysis of capabilities / capacities of I-Net 2 available beyond its required governmental uses.

7. Identification of the measureable benefits of the improved governmental efficiencies of I-Net 2 and the metrics used to quantify the gains.

8. Identification of the measureable benefits of the economic development impact of private usage of I-Net 2 including new business creation, strengthening and expansion of existing businesses, education and healthcare, and entertainment and other residential uses including telecommuting and the metrics used to quantify the gains.

9. Analysis of potential expansions of I-Net 2 to provide a system that would be viable for outside private entities (referred to as the “C-Net 2”) potentially including wholesalers and/or ISP/content providers, and estimated costs for those expansions. Advantages and disadvantages of the various available technologies should be explained including but not limited to Wi-Fi (802.11), WiMAXX (802.16) and fiber optics. A recommendation on the most appropriate technology / technologies should be included.

10. Analysis of economic development impact of the C-Net 2 concept in Dakota County. This should include the aspects of new business creation, strengthening and expanding of existing businesses, education, government, healthcare, and entertainment and other residential uses including telecommuting in Dakota County.

11. Analysis of options for implementation and operational business models for C-Net 2. Begin by discussing the economic future for Dakota County and its residents if the C- Net-2 option is NOT implemented – the “Do Nothing” option. Several implementation concepts (four or more) should be analyzed and presented perhaps including but not limited to the following approaches. Also discuss an example implementation of each concept. After discussing the relative merits and challenges of each concept rank the alternatives that are discussed in terms of viability for Dakota County.

i. Utility Concept 1 – Governmental utility finances, constructs, operates the entire network and sells access to one or more ISP/content providers

ii. Utility Concept 2 – Governmental utility constructs and operates all of or portions of the network and provides dark fiber services only or additionally ISP/content services to large customers only – government, schools, large business

iii. Joint Venture Concept 1 – Government entity finances and constructs the entire network system with a private sector (non-profit or for-profit) entity operating the system and serving as a wholesale provider to multiple ISP/content providers

iv. Joint Venture Concept 2 – Governmental entity finances and constructs the entire network system with a private (non-profit or for-profit) entity operating the system and serving as the exclusive ISP/content provider for a predetermined and finite number of years.

v. Private Sector Entrant – Governmental entity entices an exclusive private sector provider to enter the market. Government may provide some of the system facilities, make financing incentives available, ease or remove barriers such as ROW or permitting fees, or serve as anchor tenants (possibly with other entities, like schools, hospitals, or large businesses)

vi. Cooperative Concept 1 – An existing or newly formed cooperative finances, builds and operates the entire system and sells retail (ISP/content) and / or wholesale (dark fiber only) telecommunications services to residents, businesses, government and institutional users.

vii. Cooperative Concept 2 – An existing or newly formed cooperative in partnership with a governmental entity finances, builds and operates the entire system and sells retail (ISP/content) and/or wholesale telecommunications (dark fiber only) telecommunications services to residents, businesses, government and institutional users.

viii. Non-Profit Concept 1 – An existing or newly formed non-profit finances, builds and operates the entire system and sells retail (ISP/content) and/or wholesale telecommunications (dark fiber only) telecommunications services to residents, businesses, government and institutional users.

ix. Non-Profit Concept 2 – An existing or newly formed non-profit in partnership with a governmental entity finances, builds and operates the entire system and sells retail (ISP/content) and/or wholesale telecommunications (dark fiber only) telecommunications services to residents, businesses, government and institutional users.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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