Last year, Islesboro released a Request for Proposals (RFP) in their search for a contractor to complete Scope A of their Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network. Now the community is ready to move on with Scope B and recently released a second RFP for Construction Services for Fiber Optic Broadband Infrastructure. Proposals are due July 26, 2017.
Trading In DSL For Fiber
The town’s 600 year-round island population grows to more than 2,000 during the summer. As we’ve reported in the past, Fairpoint DSL serves much of the island, but residents are tired of unreliable, slow Internet access. They’ve decided to invest in publicly owned infrastructure and work with a private provider who will offer services across the community.
The Town of Islesboro is currently constructing a Fiber-to-the-Premise network. The network will span approximately 50 miles of fiber backbone, 40 miles of fiber drops, and a microwave wireless component connecting outlying islands. The FTTP network will provide universal access to gigabit service for approximately 675 homes and businesses. Construction of the outside fiber plant was previously awarded via a "Scope A" RFP process. Installation of equipment and services at the premise was previously awarded via a "Scope C" RFP process. The Town is now conducting a "Scope B" RFP process for the installation and testing of the transport and access electronics housed in the Point of Presence building. Please see the documents listed below for complete information regarding this Request-for-Proposals.
Notification of Intent to Respond: June 22, 2017
Mandatory Pre-bid Conference Call: June 29, 2017 11:00 A.M. (EDT)
RFP Questions and Answers Conference Call: July 6, 2017
Written questions due: July 13, 2017
Proposals due: July 26, 2017 1:00 P.M. (EDT)
For more details on Scope B of the project, read the RFP.