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Region 10 Posts Broadband Equipment RFP

Region 10 has re-posted its Request For Proposal for Network Equipment. Funding for this RFP includes software and licensing costs required to meet the minimum specifications for operational readiness during the first year of operations.

This Request for Proposal is to solicit proposals from qualified vendors who can provide the required network equipment to complete the Region 10 Middle Mile Network in Colorado. The network equipment will include layer 3 switches, routers, network monitoring equipment and software, and other related equipment. This is an equipment and installation bid.

This project is partially funded with Federal Funds from the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and therefore is subject to the Federal laws and regulations associated with that program.

Request for Proposal documents and details on the award process can be found on the Region 10 electronic bid site: www.bidnetdirect.com/colorado/Region 10leap;  or by emailing Chris Kennedy, Region 10 Broadband Project Director at chris@region10.net.

Where are we with broadband now?

Where are we with broadband now?

The first quarter of 2017 has shown significant progress with the Region 10 Middle Mile Broadband project.  More than two years ago, recognizing the impact of the lack of adequate broadband services, Region 10 members requested and received funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to complete a broadband implementation plan. As a result, an innovative and cost-effective plan was developed to improve the broadband infrastructure within the Region. Since then the project has gained momentum and construction is underway in multiple communities in Delta and Montrose Counties.

The spring and summer of 2017 will see advances in engineering and construction in the Phase 2 communities that include Gunnison and Ouray counties and their member municipalities. We continue to fine tune the project plan in partnership with our members to meet changing environmental factors and member expectations. With the support of our partners Region 10 expects to complete regional construction by years’ end.

“Implementing projects of this size and complexity is a combination of art and science” says Chris Kennedy, Region 10 Broadband Project Director. “Developing relationships, identifying options and executing the vision are what make each and every day exciting and rewarding. The Region stands to benefit greatly with a needed addition to its economic development toolset” Kennedy added.

We look forward to sharing much more in the upcoming months as the vision takes physical shape and the region begins to experience positive results once the network is fully implemented. To keep track of progress, please visit https://www.region10.net/regional-development/broadband/

Deeply Digital selected for Montrose broadband buildout

Deeply Digital selected for Montrose broadband buildout

Region 10 has selected Deeply Digital LLC, a Montrose-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Montrose. Region 10 welcomes Deeply Digital to its broadband implementation team, and looks forward to working with a local company with extensive experience in Middle-Mile and Fiber to the Premise Projects. Deeply Digital will work in collaboration with Region 10’s current broadband implementation team, Actavo Engineering Services and Consulting Firm, NEO Connect. Construction is scheduled for completion in the Spring.

Deeply Digital was chosen through a competitive bidding process from a nation-wide applicant pool. Proposals were evaluated based on numerous criteria including; company qualifications, pricing and approach to the project, and experience and references.

Regional Broadband Project Director for Region 10, Chris Kennedy says, “We looked at proposals from companies across the country, and Deeply Digital’s proposal was identified as having the right mix of qualities, including approach to the project and pricing.” And with countless residential and business customers already in the City of Montrose, Deeply Digital is very familiar with the community and it’s needs.

Deeply Digital President Doug Seacat says of the project, “We are proud to have been chosen as the contractor for Montrose. We have a long history here and are excited to be working with Region 10 and the City of Montrose to improve regional broadband.”

Construction activities will begin this week and Deeply Digital will be working closely with City of Montrose to expedite the project and to minimize impact in the community.

Virgil Turner, City of Montrose Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement responded to the selection, “The City is thrilled to work with a hometown company on this project. Doug and everyone over at Deeply Digital are local folks who are invested in this community. They have a proven track record here and they’re going to do a great job.”

Construction for the Regional Broadband Project is divided into two phases. Phase One is currently underway and includes network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Phase Two will begin in 2017, with construction throughout Region 10’s member counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale.

Region 10 has issued multiple invitations to bid in Phase One, including the Request for Information (RFI) for Dark Fiber IRU or Swap Agreement. The purpose of this bid was to invite those companies with networks in the region to discuss how they could partner with Region 10 for the benefit of the various communities. Additional invitations to bid include the RFPs for network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose.

These efforts are part of a long-term Region 10 initiative to help local governments in bringing high-speed, Gigabit-enabled broadband to their communities. The goal continues to be construction of the “middle mile” infrastructure throughout the Region, while creating redundancy for the individual communities. Local governments have identified affordable and reliable, high-speed broadband as essential to the Region’s economic development, public safety and health, and statewide competitiveness.

Region 10’s efforts in this broadband project have been extensively supported by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). DOLA has been a critical partner for infrastructure projects throughout the region and has provided leadership, technical support and grant funding throughout the broadband planning process.

Broadband and transit RFPs issued

Broadband and transit RFPs issued

 

Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning is pleased to announce the issuance of two requests for proposals — one for transit implementation, the other for broadband implementation. Both RFPs are regional in scope and cover six counties — Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, San Miguel, and Ouray. Region 10, in conjunction with countless community stakeholders, is seeking the knowledge and expertise of highly skilled consultants to provide highly detailed implementations plans for these two critical topics — both of which can greatly improve economic development on the Western Slope.

Supported by an Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF) grant provided by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), the first RFP seeks to address the regional demand for broadband access. As the Western Slope strives to compete economically, the lack of adequate and affordable broadband continues to surface as an impediment for development. A great deal of legwork has already taken place to address this issue. The goal of the implementation plan is to bring all of the key activities, personnel, and organizations together for the sake of developing a level of preparedness to allow the region to move into a final design and construction phase for broadband expansion. The shared goal of the region is to provide abundant, redundant, and affordable internet service to our citizens, businesses, and visitors.

The second RFP seeks to expand upon the recommendations of Region 10’s transit study —  “Four County Study Update” — completed in April 2013. Transit drives economic development; the ability of a workforce to remain mobile within a geographically expansive region enables people to better connect with employment opportunities without complete relocation. A detailed implementation plan will be necessary to connect our communities within the region by expanding existing services and identifying unmet needs. Specific “shovel ready” projects will need to be identified to prepare the region for future expansion and funding.

Piece by piece, Region 10 is striving to work towards the improvement of infrastructure and the expansion of services that allows our communities to compete not only nationally, but globally. These two broad projects represent some of the biggest steps toward a lasting and enduring progress.

For more information on these RFPs, please check out the following link: https://www.region10.net/rfp.

For more information about our current efforts in both broadband and transit, please feel free to contact our office at (970) 249-2436.

 

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