Merit Network, Inc. has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit bids from organizations who wish to provide consulting and construction services for the supply and installation of prefabricated telecommunications huts. The RFP is for the REACH-3MC II fiber-optic network project, and proposals will be received until October 21, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT).
Merit has been awarded two grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The grants, along with private investment by Merit and its project sub-recipients, are funding the two phases of the REACH-3MC project, which will build over 2,200 miles of open-access, fiber-optic infrastructure in rural and underserved communities in Michigan.
This RFP is for construction services for telecommunications huts and the materials required only. Merit is not seeking bids for networking hardware or fiber in this RFP.