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The New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (“MOCTO”) and in collaboration with the New York Housing Authority ("NYCHA"), today released a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) to rapidly expand free and low-cost internet service for NYCHA residents.

The City recognizes that a broadband connection is essential for teleworking, telehealth, information, and that broadband access across the City varies both in terms of quality and price. The impact of COVID-19 has further brought to light these disparities.

Industry leaders in broadband, internet service providers and community partners are encouraged to submit project ideas that could rapidly serve NYCHA residents with free or affordable internet options. The goal of this RFEI is to identify ready-to-deploy ideas or pilot projects that provide residents with internet access as soon as possible through licensing agreements to install on NYCHA property where feasible. If a respondent is looking for a collaborator or would like to be listed so others can contact them, please complete the “Partnership Contact List” form located at the bottom of this web page.

Through this open request and interagency collaboration, New York City is committed to addressing the digital divide and building on its goal towards sustaining a smart and equitable city.

Responses will be evaluated on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include but are not limited to the quality of the response and the quality and sustainability of the proposed concept.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.

Inquiries

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5pm on Friday, May 22, 2020. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI should be directed to [email protected]  For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI, please email [email protected]  Answers to all questions will be posted no later than Thursday, May 28, 2020, on this page.

Please note that after 5pm on Friday, May 22, 2020 the email address [email protected] will remain open solely to answer questions regarding technical issues with the RFEI submission process. 

Deadlines

Jun 1, 2020 11:59 PM

The Round 1 Due Date for Responses is Monday, June 1, 2020, at 11:59pm.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFEI, available as of Wednesday, May 20, 2020. To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit edc.nyc/rfps.  

Please submit your response via electronic upload by clicking here and uploading your proposal.

Please note that Chrome Browser is the preferred method to upload your electronic responses to the current procurement. When uploading your response, please submit all documents in a single zip file labeled with your company name.

Jun 30, 2020 11:59 PM

The Round 2 Due Date for Responses is Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11:59pm.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFEI, available as of Wednesday, May 20, 2020. To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit edc.nyc/rfps.

Please submit your response via electronic upload by clicking here and uploading your proposal.

Please note that Chrome Browser is the preferred method to upload your electronic responses to the current procurement. When uploading your response, please submit all documents in a single zip file labeled with your company name.

M/WBE

Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit edc.nyc/opportunity-mwdbe.

Vendor Resources

Because NYCEDC’s projects are generally funded with public funding sources, working with NYCEDC on many of our projects requires the completion and submission of certain forms and documents. Click here to register with PASSPort, a database of information of vendors who do business with NYC, learn how to obtain proof of insurance, download Doing Business Accountability project forms, and more.

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  • NYCHA Buildings List uploaded 5/20/2020