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CPB RFP: NextGen TV Transition and Broadcast Engineering Expert

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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks the services of an expert(s) (Expert) knowledgeable in television broadcasting technology, spectrum, business operations and policy to advise CPB on issues relating to market transition considerations for NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0), FCC’s TV spectrum repack, 5G wireless technology, and other NextGen TV and spectrum-related issues as it relates to public broadcasting as described in more detail in Section IV of the RFP, Work Scope. In addition, CPB seeks the Expert to provide strategic planning assistance through multiple forms such as authoritative, technical reports and presentations.

CPB understands that individual firms may not have the necessary expertise to provide the services requested. Accordingly, CPB will consider joint proposals submitted by collaborating organizations. CPB will contract with the lead party which will be responsible for the final product. Additionally, CPB may apportion this work among the selected vendors.

CPB will compensate the Expert on an hourly agreed-upon rate. The contract term will be for 24 months (2 years) and thereafter, CPB will have the option to extend the term of the agreement for two additional six-month terms, at its sole discretion, at agreed-upon hourly rates, for any additional assistance CPB may require relating to NextGen TV or spectrum. Additionally, CPB requests that applicants include in their proposal the services of a copy editor to assist with any requested technical position papers and other documents that must be of publishable quality.

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Application Procedure and General Questions:

Applicants must submit their technical and cost proposals through CPB’s electronic grants management system.

To gain access to the electronic grants management system, please send an email request to Shawn Richardson, Project Manager, at srichardson@cpb.org, no later than Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:00pm ET. CPB will provide access to eligible applicants within two business days. If your organization already has an account within CPB’s electronic grants system, you must still request access to this RFP.

Once access is granted, applicants will be able to upload the technical proposal and the cost proposal separately in the appropriate fields. Proposals are due Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:00pm Eastern Time. All questions related to this RFP must be submitted in writing no later than Wednesday, December 9, 2020 to Mr. Richardson at the email address above. The questions and CPB’s responses will be posted on CPB’s website without attribution.

Deadline Summary:
December 9, 2020 – Deadline to submit questions
December 10, 2020 – Deadline to request access to Grants Management System
December 17, 2020 – Proposal submissions due by 4:00pm ET

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