Update from Monticello – looking for partners to run municipal network

It’s been a while since I posted anything on Monticello’s FiberNet, the municipally owned network that was so hard fought from its inception. Recently Monticello Times posted the latest Monticello Fiber Network. It looks like they are looking for a partner to run the network…

Earlier this month, the board, City Administrator Jeff O’Neil, Communications Coordinator Rachel Leonard and FiberNet Lead Technician Bryan Rabe, met with JoAnne Johnson, the executive director of the Minnesota Public Broadband Alliance (MPBA). Johnson recommended the city create a request for qualifications (RFQ) comparison spreadsheet.

The decision to move ahead with the process received council approval Nov. 23. City staff set a Dec. 8 deadline for receiving proposals.

The city received responses from Perham-based Arvig Enterprises, Brainerd-based Consolidated Telecommunications Co., Cleveland, Ohio-based FiberConnect, and Virginia-based MidAtlantic Broadband.
FiberConnect is owned and operated by former FiberNet Monticello general manager Mark Pultusker.

From those responses it looks like they were able to cull the likely partners to two…

After discussing the evaluation process, the FiberNet Advisory Board recommended that city council proceed with interviewing the respondents with the top two scores: Arvig and CTC.

The board members also indicated they would prefer that the respondent with the third highest score, MidAtlantic Broadband, be kept as an alternate to be interviewed if the top two are not selected.

Sounds like the next step is to interview the likely candidates and make a decision.

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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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