The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Division of Broadband and Digital Equity posted a request for proposals (RFP) inviting qualified vendors to submit a proposal detailing how they would provide strategic advisory services for a wide range of programs that improve access to high-speed internet throughout North Carolina, including:
- Digital Equity
- Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD)
- Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT)
- Completing Access to Broadband (CAB)
- Stop-Gap Solutions
- Broadband Pole Replacement
More information about each of these programs can be found at ncbroadband.gov/funding-programs.
The services requested in the RFP will ensure the division uses available funding sources effectively by providing services that may relate to program design, evaluation and strategic planning. In addition to covering the programs listed above, proposals should identify and provide scope expansions in areas where vendors have prior experience, knowledge and expertise.
“Thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for high-speed internet infrastructure and digital equity, North Carolina is well positioned to permanently close the digital divide,” said NCDIT Deputy Secretary for Broadband and Digital Equity Nate Denny. “These strategic advisory services will enhance the work our team is already doing to leverage these funds to their maximum benefit and demonstrate strong stewardship of taxpayer resources.”
Vendors may submit proposals via the NC electronic Vendor Portal (eVP) at evp.nc.gov/solicitations until 2 p.m. on Aug. 8.
For more information about the NCDIT Division of Broadband and Digital Equity and Governor Cooper’s plan to close the digital divide in North Carolina, please visit www.ncbroadband.gov.