The City of Caribou, Maine is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to determine need, feasibility and justification for providing affordable broadband high-speed fiber infrastructure to business and residents with a minimum symmetrical speed of 100 megabits per second, but preferably 1 gigabit per second.
This project will result in the production of a Broadband Business Plan containing a strategies and solutions, preliminary engineering and construction cost estimates, organizational and operational recommendations for future network implementation projects, and funding strategies for potential projects. The desired outcome of this planning effort is to provide a tool for the City to implement an installation plan to serve the City with fiber, connect businesses, and implement fiber to the homes (FTTH). This can be done as a single-phase rollout or in multiple phases, and the assessment should address this issue. If there is new or emerging technology such as wireless technology that can provide the same end result that should be a part of the recommendations. The City, specifically, has an interest in making high-speed fiber internet service available to all residents and businesses at an affordable price.
All proposals are due 2:00 p.m. local time on September 23, 2016. Four (4) hard copies and one (1) complete electronic version are required. Faxed proposals will not be accepted.
Vendors assume the risk of the methods of dispatch or delivery chosen. Office hours for receipt of mailed or expressed proposals are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (EDT).