City gears up for the next step to Connect Superior
On Monday, November 1, the Communications and Information Technology Committee supported the announcement of a call for tenders for project management services for Connect Superior.
The company or group that is ultimately selected will be responsible for planning the infrastructure; financial advice; regulatory and compliance advice; design and engineering review; and site management. The minimum requirements for the network would include a fiber optic network that would provide download and upload speeds of 1 gigabit per second with the possibility of reaching 10 Gbps or more in the future.
“A group is a good choice rather than going with one person,” said Dave Dusek, committee member.
Going as a group would avoid reinventing the wheel if the individual went to work elsewhere, he said.
Using the broadband plan, Senior City Council Chairman Tylor Elm said IT professionals would work with city contract analyst Jane Darwin to develop the RFP.
“Now our goal is to bring someone here who has already worked on this topic or who is in the field to establish a roadmap, to get firm costs on the next steps,” said Dan Shea, director of Superior information technology.
Darwin said the city would publish the request for proposals and send it to companies known to do this type of work.
“We’ll probably have a bit longer publicity window than some of our normal projects,” Darwin said. “We want to give him time.”
A pre-proposal conference will be organized so that interested companies can get answers to their questions.
Normally, requests for proposals are dealt with administratively, Shea said, but since Connect Superior’s proposal is somewhat unique from other proposals sought by the city, it was presented to the committee for advice. more people. Most of the committee members are IT professionals.
The committee made no changes to the proposed RFP, but supported its publicity.
Under the city plan, network users would pay for the installation and maintenance of the fiber optic network and Internet service providers would compete for customers on the city network.
According to the city’s Broadband Master Plan, developed by Utah-based EntryPoint Networks, these costs could range from $ 46.73 to $ 55.05 per month for installation, maintenance and ISP services, according to the how the network is built and how many people participate in the network.
On Monday, it was not clear when officials would start publicizing the DP, but Darwin said it would likely be in January so it wouldn’t be overlooked during the rush of the holiday season.
“When I watch national news and know there is money included in the infrastructure proposal, so I’m glad we’ve started this route to broadband,” Councilor Ruth Ludwig said. “We will be on track to apply for these funds. ”