Berrien Broadband Request for ProposalsOronoko Broadband Final MapSubrecipient Agreement 5-18 DRAFT
Questions submitted by and answers provided to potential bidder; posted July 15, 2022:
Category: Network Construction Standards
- Why does the Township require all routes and equipment sites to be surveyed by a licensed surveyor? This applicant conducts all of its own surveying either in-house or with contracted employees using high-quality high-accuracy GPS collection equipment.
Answer: We don't see a problem with using an in-house surveyor as long as a detailed map is provided at the end of the project.
- Is the Township willing to compromise on “repair any and all damages to private property”? This applicant currently repairs landscaped areas, however, we do not hold ourselves liable with repairing other unkept areas on the property, unmarked private electric or communication lines, or private unmarked field drainage tiles.
Answer: Within reason, we don't believe this should be an issue. Unkept areas on the property probably don't need to be repaired, however we would appeal to a contractor's best judgment to make things right in the event an electric, communication, or tile line is damaged during construction.
Category: Network Test and Acceptance Standards
Simulated End User Testing/Leased Capacity
- Is the Township willing to accept USAC testing standards (as required by award winner in the FCCs RDOF auction) instead of the RFC 2544? This applicant will be proposing to offer Gigabit bandwidth speed within the Township, but as the FCC has acknowledged with the USAC testing criteria, speed tests will not show a full Gigabit for residential or business applications.
Answer: The RFP specifies RFC 2544 “or equivalent”. We believe that as long as the USAC testing standards (whatever they are) measure speed and latency similarly, it should be sufficient.