Wanted: Consultant to help design fiber network in New Orleans
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) seeks a qualified consultant to plan an institutional fiber network for possible future construction in the City of New Orleans. If built, this network would help meet New Orleans’ goal to serve city-owned and operated buildings and facilities located throughout the 350-square mile city. This new network also would allow the City to: 1) expand its provision of online services to residents; 2) support implementation of Smart City applications; 3) achieve cost efficiencies in daily operations; and 4) help disadvantaged residents to bridge the digital divide via high-speed internet access in city owned and operated facilities.
FFL is releasing the attached request for proposals (RFP) to solicit technical expertise – network design and related services – that will allow it to deliver a fiber network design to the City of New Orleans (the City).
As part of this project, high-speed Internet access also may be offered for public use in city-owned or supported facilities like parks, libraries and New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) centers. The City imagines working with community organizations to offer new services such as digital skills training in these spaces. Additionally, this project will explore design options that allow the network to be leveraged for future potential public-private partnerships.
The Foundation will consult with the City to ensure it understands the City’s needs thereby enabling FFL to determine the most qualified responder. Following the administration of this RFP, FFL will manage the selected provider and financial aspects of this project. Core funding for this project is provided by the Ford Foundation. FFL will share communication pertaining to this RFP with the City of New Orleans.
DEADLINE FOR INDICATION OF INTENTION TO RESPOND:
5 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
DEADLINE FOR QUESTIONS:
5 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS:
Manager, Special Initiatives and Evaluation
Foundation for Louisiana
4354 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Suite 100
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
5 p.m. (Central Time) on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016