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Objective

Obtain proposal(s) to sustain the following network service for the Texas School for Blind and Visually Impaired:

Broadband connection for Internet Access to provide students and staff with access to the World Wide Web. Current service is rated at 1000 megabytes per second. This is our school’s main conduit to the Internet.

General Specifications

  • Must be compatible with school's existing Cisco network routers and switches
  • Provide for the routing of TCP/IP protocols
  • Provide content filtering as a part of the service

Performance Considerations

Each company offering a proposal must be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Provide number of resident technicians in the Austin area and the average per-call response time
  • Type of content filtering provided as part of the service
  • Number of existing circuits supported and list of contact references
  • Document performance expectations for disaster response and recovery time
  • Amount of local inventory maintained
  • Number of employees available for implementation support
  • Number of locally available design consultants
  • Document company solvency and provide samples of billing presentation
  • Number of years experience as service provider in Texas
  • Certification of good standing
  • Location of company headquarters
  • Number of employees in Texas
  • Percent of service resources company-owned versus leased
  • Provide information on the availability and reliability of proposed internet access services

Current Service Provider

Region XIII Education Service Center

Contact Information

Please refer any questions concerning the proposal to Craig Abbe, E-Rate Coordinator, (512) 206-9211 or e-mail

Due Date

Proposals must be submitted either electronically or by document by 1/15/16.

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