Massachusetts Broadband Institute Notice of Funding Availability Grants to Gateway Cities to Establish Community WiFi Hotspots

NOFA No. 2021–MBI–02

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech Collaborative” or “MassTech”), on behalf of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (“MBI”) is issuing this Notice of Funding Availability for Grants to Gateway Cities to Establish Community WiFi Hotspots (“Hotspot(s)”) (NOFA No.2021-MBI-02) (“NOFA”).  MBI is soliciting applications for grant funding from municipal officials in eligible Gateway Cities ("Applicant(s)") to support the establishment and maintenance of one or more indoor and/or outdoor Hotspots through December 31, 2021. The list of Gateway Cities that are eligible to receive Hotspots are listed in Section 2 of the NOFA PDF document below. The list includes Gateway Cities that have not been covered by (i) a prior RFP issued by the Mass Tech Collaborative; or (ii) a private provider hotspot initiative.

The Baker-Polito Administration announced on October 22, 2020, a $774 million comprehensive Economic Recovery Plan that focuses on getting people back to work, supporting small businesses, fostering innovation, revitalizing downtowns and ensuring housing stability. The Economic Recovery Plan designated MBI to administer programs to expand internet access for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing Hotspots in the Gateway Cities is a critical component of the Economic Recovery Plan goal of supporting internet connectivity for populations that have financial barriers to internet access. Due to the urgent need to expand internet access, it is a high priority for the MassTech Collaborative to award grants to municipalities that can stand up Hotspots on an expedited schedule.

MassTech Collaborative will provide financial support to the selected Applicants(s) to establish and maintain up to three indoor and/or outdoor Hotspots in each of the Gateway Cities listed below (each a “Eligible Municipality and collectively the “Eligible Municipalities”). Grant funds may be applied to eligible Hotspot expenses, included by not limited to, procurement and installation of WiFi equipment and related cabling, monthly internet service charges, troubleshooting and tech support, and public health measures, such as hand sanitizer stations and plexiglass dividers. 

Full details on this procurement are included in the downloadable PDF available below.

 

NOFA No. 2021-MBI-02

Procurement Team Lead:                                   Michael Baldino, baldino (at) masstech.org

RFP Released:                                                      January 25, 2021

Responses Due:                                                   Rolling Submission

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