Thursday, January 27, 2011

MCNC Opens RFP for "Golden Leaf" Middle Mile Project

MCNC, which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction of the middle-mile project through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI).

MCNC is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to provide construction and splicing for those routes funded by MCNC's second federal Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) award, received in August 2010, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's BTOP staff.

The project will build fiber connections from universities, community colleges, schools, health and safety facilities, libraries, county offices, and other community anchor institutions to a statewide fiber optic network. The construction encompasses seven routes in North Carolina.

All construction must be finished by January 31, 2013 to allow MCNC to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013.

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