The County of Erie, New York (“County”) is seeking proposals from qualified communication and technology firms (“Consultant”) to provide customer outreach/ commitment, business planning, and design services for a proposed municipally-owned Open Access Network (“OAN”).
Access to high speed broadband internet is a necessity for the County’s economy and quality of life. High speed broadband internet is a prerequisite to educating our children; growing our economy; and providing a quality of life which attracts and retains citizens. The intent of the County’s efforts relative to broadband is to:
- Increase access to high speed broadband internet for all residents of Erie County; and
- Increase competition within the residential and commercial broadband industry.
In 2017, the County contracted with ECC Technologies, Inc. (“ECC”) to produce the Erie County Broadband Feasibility Study (“Study”). The purpose of the Study was to assess the current status of broadband within Erie County and develop guidance for the planning and development of broadband improvement strategies. The most proactive recommendation is for the County to pursue the development of an OAN to create the infrastructure necessary to expand broadband access throughout the County. In 2019, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced that the County would pursue the development of an OAN named ErieNet.
The selected Consultant for this RFP will provide the information necessary to guide further decision making regarding ErieNet. The Consultant will provide customer outreach services, the potential design of ErieNet, and production of a business plan.
For more information and to review the RFP, please visit erie.gov/purchasing