Why didn’t the City pick the lowest bid?
  • The RFP asked for proposals to bring high speed, reliable, competitively priced Internet service within a reasonable amount of time to every resident and business in the city limits of Spring Hill.  
  • The selected proposal allows every resident and business in the City of Spring Hill limits access to an additional internet service provider within 18 to 24 months.  
  • The proposal selected does not require any city funds for the buildout of internet infrastructure access by Allo Communications to every resident and business in Spring Hill. The city is not providing funds to a competing internet service provider for their buildout of infrastructure or service provided to residents or businesses. 
  • The funds referenced by the public of the difference between $250,000 and $350,000 are directly related to the city’s capital project for connectivity of city facilities. The city was not seeking bids for this capital project. The initial design for this project indicates that the cost will be $350,000 or more and just like any other capital project, until the design is complete, the city will not know how much the project will cost. The city council will weigh in on the design and will decide how to move ahead with that capital project.  

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1. Why did the City get involved?
2. Did the City talk to the existing internet providers before moving ahead with this project in 2017?
3. Did the City talk to other internet providers before releasing the RFP?
4. Do existing internet service providers in Spring Hill have fiber networks?
5. Why is fiber important?
6. Why is gigabit speed important?
7. What due diligence was performed?
8. What was the purpose of the Broadband Task Force?
9. Why was a feasibility study performed?
10. What is a feasibility study?
11. What was the recommendation made by the Broadband Task Force?
12. Why did the Broadband Task Force disband?
13. What areas does this project impact?
14. Is the City going to own the internet service?
15. Why not wireless?
16. Why did Spring Hill have a launch event for RG Fiber?
17. What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?
18. Does an RFP obligate the City to act?
19. Why did we issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) instead of a Request for Information (RFI)?
20. Why was a Mutual Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement included?
21. What were the stated goals of the RFP and when was it released?
22. Why were incentives important to the RFP process?
23. What incentives were offered in the RFP?
24. Who was the RFP distributed to?
25. Who responded to the RFP?
26. What steps were involved in the selection process?
27. Was a rating matrix completed during the proposal review process?
28. What was the committee recommendation?
29. Why was an out of state company chosen?
30. Why didn’t the City pick the lowest bid?
31. What is dark fiber?
32. Why is the City proposing a dark fiber network?
33. Will the City control the residents’ internet?
34. Will the City get internet before the residents do?
35. Why does the City need high-speed internet to the Aquatic Center and the Community Center?