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Board of Supervisors
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 112
Rocky Mount, VA  24151

Phone: 540-483-3030 

E-MAIL YOUR SUPERVISOR

Cline Brubaker
Bob Camicia
Mike Carter
Tommy Cundiff

Leland Mitchell or
lmitch@b2xonline.com
Phone: 540-483-4488

Tim Tatum
Ronnie Thompson

 

Broadband Authority

The Franklin County Broadband Authority was created on November 21, 2017.  See related documents below, along with the minutes from meetings of the Broadband Authority.

Resolution Adopting the Franklin County Broadband Authority
Guidelines and Policies of the Franklin County Broadband Authority
PPEA Guidelines for Broadband Authority
Franklin Community Broadband Assessment - May 2017
CIT Presentation for the Franklin County Board of Supervisors Broadband July 18, 2017
Franklin County Broadband Plan DRAFT May 2019

 

NOTICE TO PUBLIC REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
EXPANSION OF COUNTY BROADBAND SYSTEM
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

February 22, 2019

The Franklin County Broadband Authority (Authority) will accept conceptual proposals until April 22, 2019, in the Franklin County Government Center, located at 1255 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia, 24151, to form a public-private partnership with the Authority for the provision of expanding broadband services in Franklin County as specified by the Scope of Services. The procurement will be administered by the Finance Director of Franklin County acting as the Authority’s Agent (“Authority’s Agent”)

Copies of this Request for Proposal may be obtained upon request from the Authority’s Agent, telephone (540) 483-6624, or they may be picked up at the above location. The request for proposals may be viewed on the County’s webpage: http://www.franklincountyva.gov/broadband-authority. 

The Offeror has the responsibility to identify and describe clearly the services it proposes. Offerors should consider that not only the content but also the form and clarity of their proposal are considerations the Authority will take into account. If the Authority cannot determine what is being proposed, it is likely to reject the proposal. All information should be submitted in an organized, easy to understand manner.

The right is reserved, as the interest of the Authority requires, to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening proposal; the opening date may be postponed if deemed necessary by the Authority’s Agent. Such revisions and amendments, if any, will be announced by written Addenda to the specifications. The Authority will reject proposals received after the date and time of closing and return them to the Offeror unopened. Timely submission of proposals is the sole responsibility of the Offeror.

Each Offeror should submit one original and seven paper copies of its proposal, signed by an official of the Offeror with actual authority to sign the proposal, together with on electronic copy, which may be submitted to the Authority’s Agent in Adobe Portable Document Format by email, upon a CD- or DVD-ROM, or upon a flash drive. In the event of a discrepancy between the time of receipt of the email and the time of receipt of the paper original, the time of receipt of the paper original shall control. Proposals must be submitted to:

Franklin County Broadband Authority
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 111
Rocky Mount, Virginia, 24151
540-483-6624

New 03-22-19 Questions and Answers related to the Broadband RFP
Request for Conceptual PPEA Proposal

Broadband Proposals
B2X Online
Blue Ridge Towers Proposal
Point Broadband

Agendas & Minutes

September 18, 2018 Broadband Agenda
November 20, 2018 Broadband Agenda
December 18, 2018 Broadband Agenda
January 15, 2019 Broadband Agenda
March 19, 2019 Broadband Agenda
May 21, 2019 Broadband Agenda
July 16, 2019 Broadband Agenda

January 16, 2018 Broadband Minutes
May 21,  2019 Broadband Minutes
June 19, 2018 Broadband Minutes

 

Franklin County, Virginia
 
Request for Conceptual PPEA Proposal
 
Under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 and Franklin County 
Broadband Authority PPEA Policy, adopted 01/16/2018
 
For:
 
Expansion of County Broadband Services
 
Issue Date: February 22, 2019
 
#2019-001
 
NAME OF SOLICITING BODY:
 
Franklin County Broadband Authority
 
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 111, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
 
Conceptual proposals - one (1) original and seven (7) copies, in addition to one (1) electronic 
copy on a flash drive or similar device - shall be clearly identified as a response to this Request 
for PPEA Proposal, provided in a SEALED container (Electronic submissions of supporting technical 
data can be accepted through pre-approved methods) and will be received until 4:00 local time, 
April 24, 2019, only at the underlined address noted, for furnishing the services described herein.
 
ALL INQUIRIES, OR REQUESTS FOR ANY REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY TYPE OF DISABILITY TO 
PARTICIPATE IN THIS SOLICITATION, SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:
 
Mr. Brian Carter, Finance Director 540-483-3032 Email: brian.carter@franklincountyva.gov Mrs. Karen 
Brown, Assistant Finance Director 540-483-6624 Email: Karen.Brown@franklincountyva.gov
 
SEALED, HARD-COPY PROPOSALS SHALL BE DELIVERED OR MAILED TO:
 
Franklin County Broadband Authority Attn: Mr. Brian Carter, Finance Director
 
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 111, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
 
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Contents
 
I.      PURPOSE                                                                                     
                                                                   3
 
II.    SCOPE OF WORK AND REQUIREMENTS                                                               
                                  3
 
III.      INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS                                                                  
                                            7
 
IV.      PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS                                           
        9
 
V.    PROPOSAL EVALUATION CRITERIA                                                                  
                                   11
 
VI.      PPEA PROPOSAL SELECTION PROCESS                                                            
                                11
 
VII.    TERMS AND CONDITIONS                                                                        
                                            12
 
A.      ACCEPTANCE, INVOICING AND PAYMENT                                                           
                   12
 
B.  ATTORNEY’S FEES                                                                                 
                                              12
 
C. AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS                                                                            
                                       12
 
D. CONTRACT AWARD                                                                                   
                                          13
 
E. CONTRACT PERFORMANCE TERMS                                                                       
                          13
 
F. DEFINITIONS                                                                                      
                                                     13
 
G. TERMINATION                                                                                      
                                                 13
 
VIII.       TRADE SECRETS/PROPRIETARY INFORMATION IDENTIFICATION                                    
   14
 
APPENDIX A: FRANKLIN COUNTY BROADBAND AUTHORITY REQUIREMENTS AND COMMITMENTS                        
                                                                                                    
                      15
 
AUTHORITY BROADBAND GOALS IN PRIORITY ORDER                                                         
            15
 
COMMUNITY PROFILE INFORMATION                                                                       
                              16
 
CURRENT REPORTED BROADBAND COVERAGE                                                                 
                 18
 
BROADBAND DEMAND DATA                                                                               
                                     21
 
AUTHORITY COMMITMENTS TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP(S) TO EXPAND BROADBAND ACCESS AND CAPACITY      
                                                                                              23
 
APPENDIX B: GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTING            26
 
APPENDIX C: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS - OFFEROR’S CERTIFICATION                                            
    30
 
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I.     PURPOSE
 
This Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA) Request for Proposals (RFP) 
by the Franklin County Broadband Authority in Virginia, hereinafter referred to as the “Authority,” 
invites conceptual proposals from private firms, joint ventures, or consortiums of firms to provide 
for expansion of broadband access and capacity into un-/under-served areas of the Authority. The 
RFP sets forth the terms and conditions whereby the Authority may decide to  proceed  to  the  
detailed  phase  with  one  (or  more)  successful  Offeror(s)  to  provide  the partnership 
services described herein or in a selected proposal.
 
The PPEA is a unique legal structure that allows political subdivisions of the Commonwealth to 
enter competitive but flexible negotiations to find novel public-private approaches to solving 
major  public  problems.     Private  entities  submitting  a  conceptual  proposal  are  strongly 
encouraged to read and have a strong understanding of the Act and are solely responsible for fully 
understanding the Act.   However, the basic structure of the procurement process under the PPEA is:
 
1.  Conceptual Proposal. A generalized proposal, seeking potential technical and financial 
solutions to an identified problem. The proposals are general in nature; they need to be feasible 
but should not be fully planned or engineered. Pricing should be of the “ballpark” nature. 
Conceptual proposals are reviewed by a review committee, which assists the board in determining 
which proposal(s), if any, should move forward to the detail phase.
 
2.  Detailed Phase. Following the conceptual phase, the Authority and the most promising conceptual 
proposer(s) will move forward to the detail phase. During the detail phase, proposals will be 
further vetted and refined to meet the goals of the Authority.
 
3.  Interim  Phase  (Optional).  During  the  Interim  Phase,  the  parties  enter  into  an  
interim contract to do design and preparatory work, during which time they also negotiate the 
comprehensive agreement.
 
4.  Comprehensive Phase. The Comprehensive Phase covers the actual construction and operation of 
the desired infrastructure.
 
The  period  of  any  resulting  contract(s)  from  this  PPEA-RFP  will  be  as  negotiated  by  
the Authority and the selected PPEA partner(s).
 
II.    SCOPE OF WORK AND REQUIREMENTS
 
The Authority desires expansion of broadband access in unserved areas and improved capacity in 
underserved areas.  It has selected a Public/Private Partnership model as the best solution to find 
and implement solutions for providing quality broadband to its citizens.  The Authority is 
preparing to act to work with one or more private partners on financial and technical solutions to  
make  the  economics  of  rural  broadband  work.  The  Authority  is  technology-agnostic  and 
understands  the  need  to  leverage  all  technologies  to  deliver  broadband  to  every  area  
and therefore is open to forming partnerships with more than one provider, including incumbents, 
who wish to partner with the Authority. The selected private partner(s) is/are to provide, but not 
limited, to the following services:
 
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• Seamless and reliable broadband access with defined performance, coverage area, and consumer 
pricing goals for the Authority.
 
•  Operate  as  an Internet Service  Provider,  ensuring  middle-mile, last-mile  and backhaul 
solution options, as applicable, to enable these services.
 
•  Research and prepare all necessary FCC related forms and submittals required to provide 
services.
 
•  Procurement  of  any  permits  required  for  the  distribution  of  Internet  content  or  FCC 
licensing.
 
The Authority has  worked  with  the Center for Innovative  Technology (CIT),  a Virginia  state 
agency, to identify potential broadband adoption barriers, current broadband demand, future 
capacity needs, local assets, and to review Franklin County ordinances and policies related to 
broadband  deployment.   The  Authority is committed to  acting to improve the  economics  of 
deploying broadband and improving utilization of Internet access to ensure citizens have the access 
 and ability  to  leverage  connectivity  to  improve  their  lives and  our  community,  while 
preparing  the  County  for  the  future.   The  following  are  summary  findings  of  this  work, 
 the Authority’s broadband goals and the associated actions the Authority is committed to take in 
support of the resulting public-private partnership(s):
 
PRIORITIES
 
1.  Residential and business connectivity is a top priority for the Authority – particularly in the 
areas of Callaway, Ferrum, Henry, Hardy, Penhook, and Snow Creek. From a recent all County citizen 
survey:
 
Residential
 
•    34% are dissatisfied with their current residential service
 
•    22% rely on inadequate services (cellular, satellite or dial-up)
 
•    20% have NO access at home
 
Business
 
•    34% are dissatisfied with their business Internet service
 
•    23% of businesses depend on inadequate connection types (cellular, satellite, or dial-up)
 
•    12% of survey respondents would work from home if they had better access
 
2.  Improving broadband access and capacity at our fire and rescue stations is a priority for the 
Authority – particularly in the areas of Snow Creek, Callaway, Henry, and Fork Mountain.  These 
stations can serve as community anchor institutions, dependent on current contractual status.
 
a.  The service provided to fire and rescue stations must be equal or better than any current 
pricing and provide the required bandwidth to support facility functions.
 
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3.  Improving broadband access and capacity at our community centers is a priority for the 
Authority – particularly in the areas of Henry, Naff, and Coles Creek. These community centers can 
serve as community anchor institutions, dependent on current contractual status.
 
a.  The service provided to community centers must be equal or better than any current pricing and 
provide the required bandwidth to support facility functions.
 
4.  Improving broadband access in rural parts of the County by making WiFi hotspots available at 
community centers, fire and rescue stations, and other County or community owned facilities.
 
5.  The Authority recognizes that bandwidth available to the library system does not meet the 
national recommendation for libraries serving communities with a population of over 50,000 (1 GB). 
Improving bandwidth available to the libraries is a long-term priority.
 
6.  The Authority recognizes that the bandwidth needs for our schools is constantly growing and 
must keep pace with the national digital learning goal of 1 mbps per student. Improving capacity to 
our schools is a long-term priority.
 
AUTHORITY COMMITMENTS
 
1.  It is not the desire of the Authority to own and/or operate any private partner(s) network 
components. However, the Authority will consider proposals that include such options in the 
partnership.
 
The  Authority  is  willing  to  provide  access  to  authority/county-owned  vertical  assets,  
any telecom conduit/fiber, and other incentives, as listed below, on a funding contingent basis.
 
2.  As  a  political  subdivision  of  the  Commonwealth,  the  Authority  has  access  to  public 
property,  public  easements,  and  VDOT  rights  of  way  in  different  ways  from  private 
companies. The Authority is willing to leverage this difference creatively.
 
3.  The Authority has access to potential creative funding opportunities, including issuing conduit