Connecting New Hampshire Emergency Broadband Expansion Program

The State of New Hampshire published a Request of Proposals (RfP) for the “Connecting New Hampshire Emergency Broadband Expansion Program,” a new initiative funded through the U.S. CARES Act. The RfP seeks applications to provide broadband connectivity to currently unserved New Hampshire properties. Below is a summary of some key points based on an initial review of the RfP.

 

The RfP, updates and contact information is available at www.nh.gov/osi/jobs-grants/rfps. A Monadnock Broadband Group Letter regarding the RfP is available here 

 
Purpose

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives, in collaboration with the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Education, is seeking proposals from qualified applicants to provide high speed internet (minimum 25/3 Mbps data transmission) to as many unserved New Hampshire properties as possible at the least cost to the State.

 

Schedule of Events

The RfP issue date is June 18th. All questions to the contact listed in the RfP are due by Monday, June 22nd by 4:00 p.m. Proposals are due on July 2nd at 4:00 p.m. Contract start dates for successful proposals are anticipated for mid-July 2020. The pro rata portion, as determined by the State, of any projects not completed by December 15th will not be eligible for funding and must be completed at the applicant’s sole expense.

 

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are NH municipalities, qualified New Hampshire broadband providers, or both.

 

Proposal Requirements

All proposals must include: (1) total project cost; (2) total private/municipal cost; (3) total CARES Act funds requested; (4) total number of unserved properties the project will serve; (5) addresses for each of the unserved properties the project will serve; (6) cost per unserved property for CARES Act Grant funds; (7) cost per unserved property for private/municipal funds; and (8) the broadband service speed to be provided.

 

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be scored out of 100 points using the following criteria: the public cost (CARES Act Fund) per property to be served (65 points; connection speed in Mbps (25 points); and project schedule (10 points).

 

Grant Payments

10% of Grant funds will be provided at start of construction and 90% of Grant funds will be provided after completion of construction and the acceptance of the project. A performance bond will be required for the duration of the project and for 3 months following the completion of the project.

 

Affidavit

Applicants must provide written assurance in the form of an affidavit that no portion of the proposed Project has already commenced construction or build out and that no portion of the proposed project is related to existing rural broadband expansion commitments or other existing contractual commitments.