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BROADBAND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (P3)

BROADBAND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (P3)

PROJECT OVERVIEW

On May 31, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board approved the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s proposal to pursue a public-private partnership (P3) agreement with a private entity to install a fiber optic network within its right-of-way. The network will accommodate the Commission’s existing and future data communication needs and will allow the private entity to generate revenue from third party broadband customers. One development entity will be responsible to design, build, finance and maintain the fiber optic infrastructure. The network will provide connectivity for the Commission’s cashless tolling system, administrative buildings, tolling systems, intelligent transportation systems, and connected and automated vehicle applications.

The P3 option is being utilized because it is expected to result in cost savings to the Commission as a result of the private sector’s ability to generate revenue from the project by marketing communications services to third parties.

Questions from interested parties should be directed to the project email account: BroadbandP3@paturnpike.com


PROCUREMENT PROCESS

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is pursuing a public-private partnership (P3) with a developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a fiber optic broadband network within the turnpike right-of-way, for the benefit of the Commission and its users, as well as for the benefit of the developer and its customers.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on July 7, 2017. Six teams submitted Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) on September 21, 2017. A list of the teams is provided below. The Commission is currently evaluating SOQs and will select the Short-listed Proposers, who alone shall be eligible to receive and respond to a Request for Proposals.

The following six teams submitted SOQs in response to RFQ#17-10350-7874:

  • Keystone Broadband Partners (AECOM)
    • AECOM Capital, Inc.
    • John Laing Investments Limited
    • Tishman Construction Corporation of Pennsylvania d.b.a. AECOM Tishman
    • AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
    • eX2 Technology, LLC
    • AECOM
  • Keystone Broadband Partners (Star America/ Zayo Group)
    • Zayo Group, LLC
    • Star America Fund GP, LLC
    • Star America Fund, LP
    • Star America Infrastructure Fund Affiliates, LP
    • Henkels & McCoy, Inc.
    • Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc.
    • Overland Contracting Inc.
    • Black & Veatch Corp.
    • BVH, Inc.
  • MasTec North America, Inc.
    • MasTec, North America Inc.
    • Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
    • Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., a part of Nokia Group
    • I.B. Abel Inc.
    • Smart City Capital, LLC
    • PNC Equipment Finance, LLC
    • Elauwit Networks, LLC
  • Penn FiberWay
    • Macquarie Infrastructure Developments, LLC
    • Macquarie Financial Holdings Pty Limited
    • 1020 Digital LLC dba Connected Nation Exchange (CNX)
    • General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.
    • Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.
  • Plenary Broadband Infrastructure
    • Plenary Group USA Concessions Ltd.
    • Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.
    • Quanta Telecommunication Services, LLC
    • Quanta Services Inc.
    • WideOpen Networks, Inc.
  • Shentel Communications, LLC/ Armstrong Telecommunications, Inc.

The RFQ and related documents are available on the Procurement page of the Commission’s website at the following link, listed as RFQ# 17-10350-7874: https://www.paturnpike.com/Procurement/Bidlist.aspx?RTYPE=O .


INDUSTRY FORUM

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission hosted an Industry Forum to present its Broadband Public-Private Partnership (P3) project and receive input from the industry. The Forum was held on January 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Best Western Premier, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17111. The purpose of the Industry Forum was to solicit feedback from the broadband industry prior to the Commission’s development of a Request for Qualifications.

The Commission also honored requests for individual meetings on January 18th and 19th to receive direct feedback from organizations (firms or consortia) that have undertaken projects of similar or greater scale or have the capability to do so.

Click here for the Industry Forum announcement.

Click here for the list of attendees at the Industry Forum.


CONTACT US

To receive updates on the Broadband P3 RFQ procurement process, please fill out the form below.

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Please direct any questions regarding the project to BroadbandP3@paturnpike.com.

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