Request for Information - Broadband - Wayne County

   Wayne County is requesting information for high speed internet/broadband service expansion or delivery. 

   The County of Wayne and its Board of Commissioners have been working with a group of concerned residents and the North Carolina Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office (“NC BIO”) to find alternatives to improve Internet service around the County. 

   Wayne County is issuing this Request for Interest (“RFI”) to gather ideas and interest from service providers of High Speed Internet/Broadband services for affordable, reliable high speed Internet access for residential, business, and government constituents throughout the County.

   This RFI is intended to outline the market opportunity and invite interested providers to submit their ideas for new or expanded service delivery in Wayne County. This process is one of many steps that the County is taking to help unserved and underserved areas throughout the county.

   The County seeks ideas and interest from respondents on how to achieve the sole object to provide high speed internet/broadband service in underserved or unserved areas throughout the county. High speed internet/broadband service can include but not limited to the deployment of a fiber-to-the-home solution, fixed wireless solution, or some other type of last mile solution. Interested parties should provide information on how its services can meet the FCC’s broadband benchmark speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbs) for downloads and 3 Mbs for uploads or provide information as to how your advertised speeds can meet the broadband speed guide provided by the FCC.

   Note: The County welcomes responses to this RFI from ALL interested or potentially interested parties. Since this is only to solicit preliminary interest and ideas, this RFI should not be interpreted as an invitation for bids or request for proposals. For the purposes of this RFI, the terms “respondent”, “providers”, “vendor” mean an entity or entities submitting a written response to this RFI.

Important Dates:

Publish RFI:                                                                   January 1, 2017

Deadline for Questions:                               February 15, 2017

Responses Due by: 5:00 pm                         February 28, 2017

Review of responses completed by County: March 15, 2017

The complete RFI can be viewed here.