NY Community Broadband PartnershipThis RFP for NYCBP seeks increased Internet connections 1 site of FLMHCP, 4 sites of FLACRA, and 5 sites of UPC, which currently have inadequate broadband connectivity for their needs.
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 and Answers
Question 1: Are there alternatives to printed hardcopies that we could utilize?
Answer 1: We have decided to allow electronic submission of bids to my email address with a thumb drive & 2 hard copies to follow to our office.
Question 2: When are the bid submissions due?
Answer 2: Please respond as soon as possible. All bids must be received by March 18.
- Healthcare Connect Fund – Frequently Asked Questions
- Rural Health Care (RHC) Universal Service – Healthcare Connect Fund Request for Services Form (PDF)
- Request for Proposal: NY Community Broadband Partnership – FCC Healthcare Connect Fund (DOCX)
- NY Community Broadband Partnership (NYCBP) – Network Plan (DOCX)
To be the provider of choice for comprehensive healthcare and an advocate for services that improve the quality of life for diverse and underserved populations.
*The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to HRSA-supported health centers. Under the Act, health centers are considered Federal employees and are immune from lawsuits, with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer.