BROADBAND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (P3)
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 and wireless broadband network within its right-of-way. The network will accommodate the Commission’s existing and future data and voice 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, operate and maintain the fiber optic and wireless network along the 550-mile system. The network will accommodate the Commission’s tolling systems, land mobile radio system, traffic cameras, dynamic message signs, and similar devices and will provide connectivity for future applications throughout the Turnpike system. The development entity will be responsible for the Commission’s WAN operations and the commercialization of the fiber optic network and will be required to have the capacity to finance the capital cost of the project.
The P3 option is being utilized because it is expected to result in minimal cost 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.
The tentative schedule is as follows:
- Issuance of Request for Qualifications (RFQ) – First Quarter 2017
- Identification of shortlisted firms – Second Quarter 2017
- Issuance of Request for Proposals (RFP) – Third Quarter 2017
- Selection of Development Entity – Fourth Quarter 2017
Questions from interested parties should be directed to the project email account: BroadbandP3@paturnpike.com
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 a copy of the Commission’s Industry Forum Presentation.
Click here for the list of attendees at the Industry Forum.
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Please direct any questions regarding the project to BroadbandP3@paturnpike.com