Updates

Broadband Project Update April 19, 2018

With the hiring of CCG as the project consultant and Finley Engineering to provide engineering services, the broadband project has made significant steps forward. In addition to having CCG and Finley on board, the selection of an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to deliver internet services on the network is nearing completion. Four firms have replied to the township’s Request for Information and the ISP selection subcommittee conducted in person interviews with each firm. The subcommittee is currently working with the firms to gain clarifying information about each of their proposals, and in the coming weeks the Implementation Committee will make a recommendation to the Township Board as to the best candidate.

Finley Engineering is currently creating a detailed design of the fiber optic network in the Township and identifying the specific routes where the fiber optic cables will be installed. Much of the cable will be installed along the right of way adjacent to county roads and the single state road (M52) in the township. We are working with the Washtenaw County Road Commission and the Michigan Department of Transportation (DOT) to determine the exact location of the cable in the right of way and begin obtaining the necessary permits for this work. Permitting is also underway with the DNR and DEQ.

There is also significant amount of cable that will be installed along private roads. Residents on private roads will be provided with information on the process for installing cable on their roads soon.

Within the next few weeks you will see engineering crews working along our roads to “stake out” the path of the fiber installation. They will be using vehicles clearly marked as Finley Engineering and will have Finley ID badges. This staking will be the first visible signs we will see of the project progress and will mark the fiber routes for construction scheduled to begin this summer.

The design and routing work of the engineering firm, the selection process and hiring of the ISP, and consultation with the road commission DOT, DNR and DEQ are yielding significant information. Moving forward, all of this information will be reviewed and integrated to update the project timeline. This update work should be completed within the next 4-6 weeks.

 

 

Request for Information (RFI) Internet Service Provider (ISP)

On March 6, 2018 Lyndon Township issued a RFI (Request for Information) for an Internet Service Provider (ISP).  A RFI  allows the township to gather information from qualified ISPs interested in providing ISP services to the Township/Authority.  The information will used to design the best possible ISP solution for the township.

Interested parties have until March 29, 2018 to respond to the RFI.  The complete RFI is available  here.

 

Engineering Firm Seclected

On January 25, 2018 Lyndon Township board approved the selection of Finley Engineering as the project engineer, construction manager and inspection service provider for the Lyndon Broadband Project.  Finely has performed successful engineering and buildout of hundreds of fiber to the home (FTTH) network projects throughout the United State, working with rural electric cooperatives, municipalities and competitive broadband network providers. These projects have included the design, engineering and construction management of more than 26,000 miles of fiber networks passing 130,000 subscriber locations.

Finely will now begin project work that will include the following:

  • Detailed design of a fiber network to pass every home, business and government location within the Township.
  • Identify all locations for laying fiber; inspect and certify that the construction meets all design, regulatory, safety and operational specifications.
  • Identify and make applications for all needed permits and rights-of-way.
  • Assist in creating an RFP or bid document and selecting a qualified construction firm.

Learn more about Finely Engineering at http://finleyusa.com/

 

Request for Proposal Engineering

On December 14, 2017 Lyndon Township issued a RFP (Request for Proposal) for the Engineering, Design and Construction Management of the Fiber-to-the-Premise Network.  This RFP is specifically for engineering services to design a fiber network throughout the township and to then potentially manage the construction of the network. A summary of the engineering Services includes:

  • Assist in creating an RFP or bid document and selecting a qualified construction firm.
  • Design a fiber network to pass every home, business or government location within the Township.
  • Identify and make applications for all needed permits and rights-of-way.
  • Identify all locations for laying fiber make certain that the construction meets all design, regulatory, safety and operational specifications.

Responses to this RFP are due to be returned by 12:00pm Thursday, January 11, 2018.  The complete RFP is available for review under the Project Info section of the web site.

The township has also issued a FTTP Network Provider RFP as required by the Michigan Telecommunications Act.

Project Consultant Selected

On October 26, 2017 Lyndon Township board approved the selection of CCG Consulting as the project consultant for the Lyndon Broadband Project.  CCG Consulting has  served as the consultant for over 800 broadband providers.  Included in this number, are  numerous communities with projects of similar size and scope as ours.

Some of the major areas responsibilities which CCG will assist manage include:

  • Establishing detailed budget and project schedule
  • Compliance with Michigan Telecommunications Act requirements
  • Selection of engineering and construction firms
  • Selection of an Internet Service Provider (ISP)

 

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