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Broadband development strategy explored

GO Virginia (GOVA) Region 3 is accepting Requests for Qualifications from organizations to assess and develop a regional strategy for broadband deployment in the Region 3 footprint, that includes an assessment of incumbent providers and existing on-site broadband coverage.

The Council is seeking Requests for Qualifications that demonstrate the responders’ ability to develop a regional broadband strategy that provides a framework for the Council which can be used to guide its investment decisions.

The strategy will include the following. The deliverable would be completed by May 30, 2020:

1. An assessment of existing current broadband deployment plans and strategies at the local and sub-region level;

2. An assessment of which incumbent providers currently actively provide broadband service in Region 3 (including specific service territories).

3. An assessment of and recommendations to leverage electric utilities in Region 3 including Dominion Power, AEP, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Southside Electric Cooperative.

4. Recommendations for optimizing the ongoing efforts to result in ubiquitous broadband coverage within five years in Region 3, prioritizing areas that are development sites, existing employers, commercial centers, and public and community venues.

Interested responders should submit a Statement of Qualification that is no more than five pages and that addresses the responder’s ability to develop a strategy document that includes the deliverables noted above. Interested parties should feel free to contact Liz Povar at riverlinkllc@gmail.com or (804) 399-8297 with questions.

For more information, go to: https://govirginia3.org/request-for-letters-of-interest-3/

Statements of Qualifications must be received by 5 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 6.