MCNC issues RFP for Engineering Design Services and Environmental Assessment related to Golden LEAF North Carolina Rural Broadband Initiative

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Request for Proposals will be received until Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. (EST)

MCNC Contact: April Connery: (919) 802-4777 or Agency Contact: Noah Garrett, NGC Communications: (252) 423.1277 or


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (September 10, 2010)MCNC, an independent non-profit organization that employs advanced networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community, yesterday released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Engineering Design Services and Environmental Assessment relating to the Golden LEAF North Carolina Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI). Proposals will be received until Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. (EST).

This RFP is for identifying an appropriate vendor(s) to provide outside plant engineering and an environmental assessment relating to the construction of middle-mile fiber infrastructure and direct-fiber connections to community colleges, libraries, schools, health and safety facilities, and other community anchor institutions (CAIs). The GLRBI bridges the prosperity gap by delivering broadband infrastructure to much of rural North Carolina and by building both middle-mile infrastructure and direct connections to CAIs in the rural northeastern (east of Henderson and Rocky Mount), northwestern (Asheville to Boone), north central (east of Sparta to Henderson), south central (Charlotte to Wilmington), and Graham County portions of North Carolina.

Respondents have the opportunity to provide engineering and environmental assessment for either individual or all routes as long as the response provided is exhaustive for each service area. In no case will a response be considered for only a partial route in any area or for partial services (engineering only or environmental only) for a whole route. Respondents are required to submit a separate pricing proposal for each route to be considered for an award for any individual geographic area should MCNC choose to divide the project and issue separate awards.

Those interested in more information should register at Questions may be sent until Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. (EST) to For more information regarding all of MCNC’s BTOP activities, visit MCNC/BTOP Central Web Space online. No late questions or proposals will be accepted.

To maintain fairness, any attempts to contact MCNC staff regarding this RFP outside of the specifically-provided means above will be grounds for MCNC to reject your submission. All questions will be considered to be public and released with appropriate answers within 48 business hours of receipt on MCNC’s website.