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FCC HCF - 2017 RFP Questions and Answers
9/18/2017 - 10/17/2017  

FCC Health Care Connect Fund Program

2017 RFP - Vendor Questions and Consortium Answers - 33827

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 Monday, Oct 9, 2017 9:04am

 

•1.        Crescent East Health Center location has changed to 4952 1st St E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

•2.        Please quote infrastructure/services that are economical, reliable, and feasible in the appropriate locations

•3.        Current contract ends Dec 2017

Thanks,

Cynthia Blount

IT Director

Whatley Health Services, Inc.

(205)614-6141

From: Beth Griffith [mailto:bethgriffith@em3networks.com]
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 10:35 AM
To: Cynthia Blount; Mitch Breedlove; David Cooper; Travis Smith
Subject: RE: New RFP for Whatley Health

Hi Cynthia,

Thank you for your email. I am working with Mitch on the preparation of this RFP response, and I have a few questions about the RFP below.

  1. The previous RFP has the address for Crescent East Health Center as 120 51st Ave East, Tuscaloosa AL and the RFP that is currently open has Crescent East listed as 4952 1st St. E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404. Can you please confirm the correct address?
  2. EM3's desire is to have fiber at all locations for Whatley Health, however, there may be a few locations where fiber is unavailable. Is it acceptable to quote a TDM service such as bonded T1's at those locations?
  3. Can you please advise when your contract end date is for your current AT&T contract?

Thank you for your time and the opportunity to provide pricing for your network.

Kind Regards,

Beth

Beth Griffith

Senior Account Executive

 

828-634-1776 | Mobile

855-949-9273 | Main Office
855-949-9273 | Maintenance & Support
http://www.em3networks.com/

From: Cynthia Blount [mailto:cblount@whatleyhealth.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 5, 2017 3:57 PM
To: Mitch Breedlove <mitchbreedlove@em3networks.com>; David Cooper <dcooper@whatleyhealth.org>; 'Beth Griffith' <bethgriffith@em3networks.com>; 'Travis Smith' <travissmith@em3networks.com>
Subject: RE: New RFP for Whatley Health

Mitch please be cognitive of the HCF Program rules and my RFP.....

A deadline for bid submissions will be 28 days after the posting of the Form 461 on the USAC web site. Program rules require the Form 461 and RFP to be posted for a minimum of 28 days, meaning that at a minimum a contract could not be signed until the 29th day after posting of the RFP. All related questions must be submitted by email to: cblount@whatleyhealth.org  and should be responded to within 24-48 hours (week days only) of submission.  Questions and Answers will be posted publicly on WHSI's website address http://www.whatleyhealth.org/.   You must submit your proposal electronically to Cynthia Blount and David Cooper at cblount@whatleyhealth.org and dcooper@whatleyhealth.org .

The 28 day waiting period ends Oct. 17, 2017 and I have asked for another 15 days to review contract and negotiate contracts.  So please be aware that any questions at this time will be posted publicly so that I don't give any one vendor favoritism.  So I don't think a call is permitted at this time only questions that I answer publicly.

Thanks,

Cynthia Blount

IT Director

Whatley Health Services, Inc.

(205)614-6141

From: Mitch Breedlove [mailto:mitchbreedlove@em3networks.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 2:48 PM
To: Cynthia Blount; David Cooper; 'Beth Griffith'; 'Travis Smith'
Subject: RE: New RFP for Whatley Health

Thank you Cynthia for the response! 

Since EM3 was not selected as the vendor of choice on the last go around, we have re-designed our solution, hoping that it will be more favorable to Whatley's needs.  Our hope would be to speak to David and/or you about this to fine tune our offering.  Can I please try to set something up?

On the back side, I understand that you didn't sign with anyone by the 6/30 deadline.  Have you signed with anyone after that date, or are we in an open competitive environment?  Please don't think it rude of me for asking.  We just don't want to waste your time or ours.  I'm just unsure of your contract end date with AT&T for your current services.  If you can, please let us know if you are out of contract, etc.

Thanks,

Mitch

From: Cynthia Blount [mailto:cblount@whatleyhealth.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 5, 2017 3:18 PM
To: Mitch Breedlove <mitchbreedlove@em3networks.com>; David Cooper <dcooper@whatleyhealth.org>
Cc: 'Beth Griffith' <bethgriffith@em3networks.com>; 'Travis Smith' <travissmith@em3networks.com>
Subject: RE: New RFP for Whatley Health

Mitch:

I have posted a form 461 along with the RFP that is required for 2017 for the Healthcare Connect program.  My form 465 for the Telecom program are still out there also.  Whatley did not sign a contract with the selected vendor by the deadline date of June 30, 2017.  I am opening up both program options, so hopefully there will be another filing window soon.

So you are free to respond to my RFP for telecommunication services.

Thanks,

Cynthia Blount

IT Director

Whatley Health Services, Inc.

(205)614-6141

From: Mitch Breedlove [mailto:mitchbreedlove@em3networks.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 2:02 PM
To: David Cooper
Cc: 'Beth Griffith'; 'Travis Smith'; Cynthia Blount
Subject: RE: New RFP for Whatley Health

David and Cynthia,

Please see below, but Beth and I just tried to reach out once again to discuss your latest 461 posting.  I know the 465 you had posted back in the April timeframe was apparently awarded to another Provider.  We just need to know if we are allowed to bid on your new 461 posting/RFP, as it is very similar to your last posting.  Hopefully you understand that we don't want to waste your time or ours putting together a new design and pricing response.  Please let us know.

Thanks,

Mitch Breedlove

Managing Partner

 

843-608-8831 | Mobile

855-949-9273 | Main Office

855-949-9273 | Maintenance and Support

http://www.em3networks.com/

From: Mitch Breedlove [mailto:mitchbreedlove@em3networks.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 1:05 PM
To: 'David Cooper' <dcooper@whatleyhealth.org>
Cc: 'Beth Griffith' <bethgriffith@em3networks.com>; 'Travis Smith' <travissmith@em3networks.com>
Subject: New RFP for Whatley Health

Good Day David!

It seems you have a new 461 posting out there and we have reviewed your new RFP.  I know that EM3 was not awarded the last RFP back in June, so curious to know if this 461 filing is simply a safeguard in case the 465 doesn't get approved, or are you looking to award the best overall price/design on this new posting? 

We'd love to bid on the new RFP and we will be coming in with a different design this time.  However, before we get any deeper on the design, we'd like to know if you will be awarding off the 461 or the old 465.  I assume that you did award that to someone back in late June.  Depending on your reply, we'd like to set up a quick call to go over a few questions and run our new ideas by you.

Also, I am including one of our Sr. Account Executives on this email, Beth Griffith.  Beth will be assisting on our response and will be included on every detail of the project.

Please check out our website below, as I think you'll be very impressed since the last time we spoke.

Thanks,

Mitch Breedlove

Managing Partner

 

843-608-8831 | Mobile

855-949-9273 | Main Office

855-949-9273 | Maintenance and Support

http://www.em3networks.com/


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