Leased Access Operator RFP
City of Wilmington Request for Proposals & Request for Qualifications
(THIS IS A PREVIEW)
CABLE TELEVISION CHANNEL 28 PUBLIC ACCESS/LEASED ACCESS/LIVE LEASED ACCESS THIRD PARTY OPERATOR
Date Issued – Monday, November 19, 2018
Date Due – Friday, December 21, 2018
Voluntary Pre-Proposal Meeting inside the Committee Room of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building – Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Television facility tour to immediately follow.
The City and Comcast Cable are contracting for a Manager to operate a self-sustaining public access/leased access (PALA) cable channel and studio facility that delivers community news and information to the community of Wilmington and provides access services to the greater Wilmington area.
The Manager, or “Third Party Operator” (TPO) will sign a contract with Comcast to provide local leased access and live local leased access, and sign a separate contract with the City to provide for public access television services and channel time.
- Public access television services include providing training and technical support to primarily residents, but also others, to create media on topics of the producer’s own choosing that will appear on the first-come first-served nondiscriminatory public access channel that is shared with leased access and other
- Local leased access services include selling time on the leased access channel that is shared with public access and providing production services to area individuals, businesses, and
- Local/live leased access entails selling channel time and/or technical support for regular live programming on the channel
With oversight provided by the City primarily through the Cable, Video, and Telecommunications Commission (CVT Commission) and Comcast, the TPO will assume the management of relevant assets owned by the City and Comcast, provide access services to the community, and earn an operating income for itself under terms acceptable to the City and Comcast.
PROPOSAL PROCESS TIMELINE
|RFP Issued||Monday, November 19, 2018 and Monday, November 26, 2018|
|Voluntary Pre-Bid Meeting||Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. City Council Committee Room inside the Louis L. Redding City/County Building|
|Deadline for Written Questions from applicants||Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.|
|City releases Responses to Written Questions||Monday, December 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm|
|Proposal Due Date and Time||Friday, December 21, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.|
|Conduct Interviews||Monday, January 7, 2019 at noon and Friday, January 11, 2019 at noon|
|Announcement of Recommendation||Thursday, January 31, 2019|
To view a copy of the RFP advertisement, click here.
To obtain a copy of the complete RFP email:
City of Wilmington
Department of Finance
Division of Procurement and Records
5thFloor, Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street
If you have any questions or need clarification, please submit your question or request for clarification in writing email@example.com prior to Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Relevant questions will be sent to all specification holders of record in the form of anaddendum.