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NY Community Broadband Partnership

This RFP for NYCBP seeks increased Internet connections at 10 sites of FLMHCP, 3 sites of FLACRA, and 5 sites of CASA-Trinity, which currently have inadequate broadband connectivity for their needs, as well as redundant Internet connections at 10 sites of FLMHCP.

The services requested will provide connectivity to each site as specified in the RFP and network diagram attached.  The configuration must support QoS, specifically DSCP prioritization end to end for telehealth and secure reliable connections for electronic HIE.

The Rural Health Care Program

The Rural Health Care (RHC) Program supports health care facilities in bringing world-class medical care to rural areas through increased connectivity. It provides up to $400 million annually in reduced rates for broadband and telecom services. There are two subprograms in the RHC Program: the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program.

The NY Community Broadband Partnership (NYCBP)

The NY Community Broadband Partnership (NYCBP) was formed as a part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Healthcare Connect Program (HCP).  The HCP promotes the creation of rural consortiums of healthcare organizations for the development of broadband infrastructure for healthcare providers in rural underserved communities.  The consortium can be comprised of rural and urban healthcare partners and is designated rural if there is a 51% or greater representation of rural partners.

NYCBP welcomes rural and urban partners from the communities of New York State to the consortium.  All eligible partners will get a 65% discount in their monthly cost for broadband services offered by an Internet Services Provider (ISP) chosen by the consortium.  The partners will pay a small subscription fee to NYCBP for the administration and management of the consortium activities.

QUESTIONS

Question 1: Is it possible to waive the printed copies requirement due to the pandemic and submit electronically?
Answer 1: Yes, we will waive the printed copies requirement and accept electronic-only submissions.

Question 2: Is the bid due March 26?
Answer 2: Please respond as soon as possible. All bids must be received by March 25.

Question 3: I was reviewing the RFP and there is no mention of static IP’s for Finger Lakes Community Health locations. I also reviewed your current billing with Empire, and we are charging you for a block of 5 will you still need this or just one per location with the internet?
Answer 3: For all FLCH sites, we will need a block of 5 static IP addresses (/29) for each line of service, and for Geneva, we will need a block of 16 IP addresses (/28).

Question 4: Is it still possible to submit a bid response to this RFP?
Answer 4: Yes, we have extended the deadline for all bid responses to Friday, 5/7/21. All bid responses must be received by 5pm on Friday, 5/7/21.

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