What were the stated goals of the RFP and when was it released?
  • The City prioritized a partnership that: 
    • Balances financial risk. The City seeks creative solutions where investment can be beneficial to future city infrastructure needs while supporting the overall project. The City anticipates investments into network infrastructure through a successful partnership where both parties will have a financial stake in the project’s success.  
    • Sustainable, affordable, scalable approach.  A financially sustainable business model will ensure that businesses, residents, and community anchor institutions can access affordable, market-leading broadband services. As the City grows - both in population and commercial/industrial development - the solution should be scalable to meet the increased needs. 
    • Community-wide deployment. Residential and business-class service are equally important, offering service options to all members of the community regardless of income level. Service to every Spring Hill residential subdivision, current and future, is key to a successful project, not just key areas or customers that may provide a quicker return on capital investment. 
  • The RFP was released on Aug. 12, 2019.

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1. Why did the City get involved?
2. Did the City talk to the existing internet providers before moving ahead with this project in 2017?
3. Did the City talk to other internet providers before releasing the RFP?
4. Do existing internet service providers in Spring Hill have fiber networks?
5. Why is fiber important?
6. Why is gigabit speed important?
7. What due diligence was performed?
8. What was the purpose of the Broadband Task Force?
9. Why was a feasibility study performed?
10. What is a feasibility study?
11. What was the recommendation made by the Broadband Task Force?
12. Why did the Broadband Task Force disband?
13. What areas does this project impact?
14. Is the City going to own the internet service?
15. Why not wireless?
16. Why did Spring Hill have a launch event for RG Fiber?
17. What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?
18. Does an RFP obligate the City to act?
19. Why did we issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) instead of a Request for Information (RFI)?
20. Why was a Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement included?
21. What were the stated goals of the RFP and when was it released?
22. Why were incentives important to the RFP process?
23. What incentives were offered in the RFP?
24. Who was the RFP distributed to?
25. Who responded to the RFP?
26. What steps were involved in the selection process?
27. Was a rating matrix completed during the proposal review process?
28. What was the committee recommendation?
29. Why was an out of state company chosen?
30. Why didn’t the City pick the lowest bid?
31. What is dark fiber?
32. Why is the City proposing a dark fiber network?
33. Will the City control the residents’ internet?
34. Will the City get internet before the residents do?
35. Why does the City need high-speed internet to the Aquatic Center and the Community Center?