DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: DBEDT solicits services to create a broadband infrastructure public-private partnership

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 in Latest News

HONOLULU — The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is working to increase the state’s broadband capacity and speeds to meet the growing needs of the people who choose to live and work in Hawaii.

As part of the state’s overall growth strategy, DBEDT is leading initiative to make landing a new transpacific fiber optic cable in Hawaii more accessible than options that are currently available.  These transpacific fiber optic cables are Hawaii’s connection to the rest of the world.

To aid in this effort, the department issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for structuring services to create a broadband infrastructure public-private partnership. The RFP seeks assistance in working with the private sector to procure, finance and/or operate a state-sponsored carrier neutral landing station(s) to best leverage $25 million of reimbursable general obligation bond funding through a public-private partnership.
“Our innovation initiatives require boosting our overall broadband capacity, which will help to stimulate the tech sector and our local economy,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “By investing in our broadband infrastructure, we will attract high-tech companies to Hawaii, help our electric utilities transition to next-generation technologies and ensure our business community remains globally competitive.”

The solicitation is available on the State Procurement Office website at: spo3.hawaii.gov/notices/notices/rfp-16-018-hbi.

Proposals in response to the RFP will be due May 18, with registration and written inquires accepted until April 21.

DBEDT encourages all interested parties to register with Susan Gray-Ellis at susan.gray-ellis@hawaii.gov by emailing the name of company, mailing address, name of contact person, telephone number, and email address.  When registering, please reference this solicitation, RFP-16-018-HBI.

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Media Contacts:
Christine Hirasa
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: (808) 587-9006
Mobile: (808) 286-9017
Email: Christine.M.Hirasa@hawaii.gov
Website: dbedt.hawaii.gov