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Request for Proposal - Broadband Economic Feasibility Analysis

Request for Proposal

Broadband Economic Feasibility Analysis

The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission (OFRPC) is requesting proposals for professional services to develop a two-part broadband economic feasibility analysis for the five-county (Butler, Wayne, Ripley, Carter, and Reynolds) Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission region. Part 1 will examine the economic and social impact of broadband expansion and Part 2 will conduct a market analysis. The economic feasibility analysis will identify the economic and social impacts of high-speed broadband services in the region and the market analysis will give potential providers an estimated cost to enter the marketplace and serve customers in the OFRPC five-county region.

PROJECT BACKGROUND AND GOALS:

The feasibility analysis will identify the implications of the on-going Covid-19 Pandemic, which has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of broadband in rural Missouri. The analysis will evaluate the likely economic development and social impact of widely available high-speed broadband infrastructure in the OFRPC region—before and after introduction of high-speed broadband, and the impact of broadband’s increasing essential role of economic sustainability, resiliency, recovery and growth that minimizes out-migration and creates opportunities for rural communities to grow. Final work product must be completed by June 30, 2021.

SCOPE OF WORK:

Part 1: Economic & Social Impact Analysis

The economic analysis will answer questions surrounding broadband and its impact on the OFRPC region. Key areas include: 1) broadband’s impact on out-migration and in-migration and 2) the impact of unserved and underserved residents, slow speed broadband and relatively high access costs compared to areas with high-speed broadband, including fiber, and affordable prices in neighboring regions.

The economic feasibility analysis will provide qualitative and quantitative information surrounding the region’s concerns of the “digital divide.” The analysis will concentrate on measures that reflect both the social and economic changes created by access to fiber internet by fiber providers in neighboring regions. As such, the economic feasibility analysis will include a representative-proxy of economic and social data evaluated from entities that have invested in high-speed broadband services.

Part 2: Market Feasibility Analysis

Deployment costs are a key factor in determining the feasibility of offering high-speed broadband and fiber internet to residents. The market analysis should provide estimated deployment costs based on general costs to deploy in neighboring or similar regions.

RULES OF SUBMISSION:

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, November 6, 2020. Each item identified in the Evaluation section of the RFP must be addressed in the proposal. Consultants can respond to Part 1, Part 2, or both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Scope of Work. Proposals must be submitted by mail or email to:

Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission

ATTN: Crystal Jones, Executive Director

3019 Fair Street Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

crystal@ofrpc.org

EVALUATION:

·        A response to each of the scope of work items (consultant may bid on one or both work items);

·        Proposed timeline, with final work product completed by June 30, 2021, including key milestones and an estimate of the amount of time required for key tasks;

·        Any assumptions or conditions imposed on the proposal;

·        Background and experience of each key team member;

·        The consultant’s familiarity with the Ozark Foothills region;

·        Previous relevant project experience of the project team with references; and

·        Total fees for the proposed scope, including time and expenses, should be defined as a fixed fee amount.

The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites the submission of proposals from minority and women-owned firms.