The Town of Bristol currently utilizes a variety of methods to connect various offices including T-1, fiber, and VPN connections over cable connections. For reasons of reliability of operations, standardization and security, the Town wishes to create a fiber network between Town facilities. The Town also desires to provide backhaul for small cells to increase economic development, competitiveness and innovation.
The Town intends to implement this project in 2018 and 2019. The specific schedule, deliverables and roles and responsibilities between the Town and the selected vendor during implementation are yet to be determined. Vendors are encouraged to provide a “best practice” solution for the implementation of products.
This Request for Information (RFI) is issued as a means of technical discovery and information gathering. This RFI is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation nor should it be construed as an obligation on the part of the Town to make any purchases. This RFI should not be construed as a means to pre-qualify vendors. The Town may utilize the results of this RFI in drafting a competitive solicitation (RFP) for the subject services/products/equipment. Any future contract that may be awarded must comply with Town procurement requirements.
Based on the information provided by the respondents to this RFI, a determination will be made regarding any actual contracting through a procurement process which, at the Town option, could include but not be limited to: a formal bid process, using an existing Town contract, procurement via Federal GSA contract(s), or a piggyback of a contract established as a result of the public bid of another public agency.
Participation in this RFI is voluntary and the Town will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted by a respondent or for the Town’s use of that information.
For the full RFI, please go to the Bids and Proposals section of the Town's website.
Closing Date: November 10, 2017