The Connect Up Carver Initiative would utilize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to collaborate in a public/private partnership between Carver County and a private service provider to provide the availability of wired fiber connectivity to all identified under/unserved residential/business appropriate addresses in defined areas of Carver County where wired fiber connectivity availability is not already provided or planned in the near future. It specifically provides the availability of wired fiber connectivity to locations that are not currently identified as being serviced with high speed wired services at symmetrical upload/download speeds of no less than 100MB.
The Connect Up Carver Initiative would leverage the existing CarverLink middle mile fiber infrastructure to construct additional middle mile fiber to areas in Carver County (primarily rural) that are identified as having under/unserved locations, that in parallel with other collaborations and initiatives that CarverLink is actively facilitating and/or participating in, would provide universal access to wired fiber connectivity to everyone in Carver County.
Carver County is issuing this Request for Bid (RFB) for the construction of middle mile fiber that would be connected to CarverLink’s existing middle mile fiber network. The winning provider will be required to design, build and maintain this new middle mile network via an interest in fibers strands they are provided in this new middle mile network, build out last mile connections to all un/underserved locations within the identified geographic area and identified timeframe. They will also be required to make available a minimum of wired fiber connectivity access at symmetrical speeds of no less than 100MB to these primarily residential and business locations at industry appropriate market pricing while meeting all federal, state, local and county requirements associated with the expenditure of ARPA funds.
Providers choosing to respond must comply with all of the requirements associated with ARPA funding, specifically but not limited to the requirements and guidelines published by the United States Department of Treasury A.R.P.A. Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Final Rules https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRF-Final-Rule.pdf
The following project dates have been established:
RFB Issue: May 12th, 2022
Written Questions Received: May 19th, 2022 (1:00 pm local time)
Written Responses Provided: May 26th, 2022
RFB Response Due: June 2nd, 2022 (1:00 pm local time)
At the time of RFB public opening provider names and total dollar amounts will be read out. Detailed provider response and cost information will be made available after recommendations are made to the County Board and the County Board has completed its evaluation.
All bid documents will be listed on the Carver County websites under the Bids and RFP findable at the bottom of the home page.