Request for Proposals for Operation of the MassBroadband 123 Middle Mile Network

RFP No. (2017-MBI-03)

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“Mass Tech Collaborative”), on behalf of Massachusetts Broadband Institute, is issuing this Request for Proposals for an operator of the MassBroadband 123 network (RFP No. 2017-MBI-03) (the “RFP”). MBI’s primary objective is to obtain responses from qualified companies interested in taking over responsibility for operating the approximately 1,200 mile fiber optic MassBroadband 123 network in western and north central Massachusetts. The RFP describes a comprehensive array of operational services and functions to be provided by a successful Respondent that is modeled on MBI’s relationship with the incumbent operator.

The selected Respondent will maintain and operate the Network as a commercial operation on behalf of the MBI. MBI built the Network to provide reliable broadband internet access for a broad array of critical community anchor institutions in the Network service area, to serve as a platform to promote economic growth in the region, and to facilitate solutions for municipalities without broadband internet access.  MBI intends that the Network will be operated to serve these goals, and the Network Operator Agreement will reflect these priorities.

Request for Proposals for Operation of the MassBroadband 123 Middle Mile Network

RFP No. (2017-MBI-03)

Procurement Team Lead:                                 David Charbonneau

RFP Issued:                                                        March 31, 2017

Deadline for Bidders Conf. Registration:       April 11, 2017, 3:00 P.M., register to proposals(at)

Mandatory Bidders Conference:                     April 12, 2017 at 11:00 A.M

Deadline for Questions:                                   April 14, 2017, 5:00 P.M., submit to proposals(at)

Answers to Respondents Questions:            April 20, 2017

Responses Due:                                                May 1, 2017, 3:00 P.M.


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