Committee to look at RFPs to bring internet to Ranch

RANCHO SANTA FE — During the Rancho Santa Fe Association monthly board meeting in March, board member Rick Sapp reported how the Technology Committee had met with a number of vendors over the past several months for the fiber-internet project in the Ranch. Sapp also shared the most recent update regarding the finalization for a request for proposal (RFP) for an engineering study and instruction drawings for a planned network in the community.

According to Sapp, the Technology Committee decided that rather than continuing to entertain different types of configurations being sold by different companies, the committee would instead provide the design that they wanted to have installed in the community.

“And then all of those vendors can bid on the design,” said Sapp, noting how the RFP went on out Feb. 27. “We will then examine the results of that bidding process, negotiate and then select a recommended vendor to the Audit & Finance Committee. We expect, given the fact that this is a 75-mile network, that the cost of that engineering design contract would be several hundred thousands of dollars.”

Covenant Administrator and Assistant Manager Christy Whalen explained how the Technology Committee is scheduled to meet on March 28 to look at the RFPs and make a recommendation for one vendor to do the design. They will then pass their suggestion along to the Finance Committee.

According to Whalen, the Finance Committee was scheduled to meet on March 29 and they will then make a recommendation at the monthly RSF Association board meeting April 6 where it’s anticipated a final determination on the contract may be made.

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