A request for proposal (RFP) is a bidding solicitation that describes the applicant's business priorities and functional requirements in sufficient detail to ensure an effective competitive bidding process.
Applicants are required to submit a formal RFP with the FCC Form 461, Request for Services Form, if it is required under applicable state, Tribal, or local procurement rules or regulations.
If an applicant plans to issue an RFP, it must be submitted with the FCC Form 461 for USAC review and approval, and it should include, at a minimum:
Sample RFPs are available on the Sample Documents page of the USAC website and may provide useful guidance for applicants unfamiliar with the RFP process.
Using a sample RFP will not guarantee approval of the RFP by USAC. Applicants are responsible for reviewing related FCC rules and ensuring their RFP meets the HCF Program requirements.
Use this printable checklist to ensure you include all required elements in your RFP.
The RFP must include:
The words "or equivalent" must be included after each mention of a particular service provider's name, brand, product, or service. Particular requests include, but are not limited to: Fiber, Ethernet, VPN, Point-to-Point, T-1, DS1, and Copper.
The bid evaluation criteria must be included in the RFP and, along with the weight percentages listed in the RFP, must match the criteria listed on Line 22 of the FCC Form 461. The bid evaluation criteria must also solicit sufficient information so that the criteria can be applied effectively.
All service providers participating in the HCF Program are required to either have a 498 ID or apply to obtain a 498 ID by completing an FCC Form 498. The FCC Form 498 must be updated to show that the service provider has acknowledged participation in the HCF Program.