1 Hosted VoIP RFP (Revised 02/27/2015) Subject RFP-For a 3 year contract, the North Bolivar Consolidated School District desires implement hosted VoIP services. The North Bolivar Consolidated School District wishes to evaluate various time frame options considering that a longer contract may prove beneficial to the North Bolivar Consolidated School District. Purpose Proposals are being sought by the North Bolivar Consolidated School District for the purpose of securing the most cost efficient Hosted Internet Protocol Telephony (VOiP) service. Hosted solution must meet all criteria for E-rate eligibility as Priority One service telecommunications service. Background Our North Bolivar Consolidated School District students, teachers, staff and administrators are using more and more resources that require more of the technology department s time. The North Bolivar Consolidated School District has limited resources to manage and maintain a on the premise phone system. The North Bolivar Consolidated School District is in need of a solution which would be feature rich, scalable and reliable without the costly investment of purchasing a phone system and the added IT staff needed to manage the system. As technology continues to change at a rapid pace, the North Bolivar Consolidated School District needs a hosted voice solution which provides monthly services for managed hosted VOiP. The purpose of this RFP is to explore the various options currently supported through the E-Rate program and its Priority One services. General Requirements For VoIP services the North Bolivar Consolidated School District must be able to keep their current phone numbers. Terms used throughout this RFP USAC Universal Service Administrative Company SPAC - Service Provider Annual Certification SPIN Service Provider Identification Number
2 This RFP package consists of the following sections General Conditions Detailed Specifications North Bolivar Consolidated School District Responsibilities The Vendor's responsibilities Proposal Forms Send sealed proposals (two copies) and supporting documentation to: Mr. Johnny Dumas North Bolivar Consolidated School District 201 Green Street Mound Bayou, MS Do Not Fax Proposals. Proposals will be received by the North Bolivar Consolidated School District at the address shown above until 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2015 must be mailed to the address above in time for delivery before the closing date or and sent by UPS, Federal Express or hand delivered with outside of envelope clearly identified as follows: E-RATE: Hosted VoIP BID Mr. Johnny Dumas, Business Manager North Bolivar Consolidated School District 201 Green Street Mound Bayou, MS Schedule of Events: Site Visit/Walk Thru: March 11, 2015 or request alternate date Bid will be open on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at 201 Green Street, Mound Bayou, MS Inquiries All correspondence and inquires regarding this RFP must be done via If a vendor does not receive a response within 24 hours, it is the responsibility of the vendor to call Dan Harris at to confirm that the message was received.
3 Basis of Award 1. E-rate approval by USAC 2. Must have current USAC SPAC. 3. Must include three references 4. Helpdesk and Network Management System. (24x7x365) 5. Must meet all FCC requirements for vendors providing telecommunications as defined on E- Rate Eligible Services List for Funding Year Location of NOC 7. Technicians must be able to be on site within 4 hours of report of disruption of service. 8. Length of time bidder has been providing Hosted VoIP services (minimum 5 years preferred) 9. Lowest and best bid with price being the primary factor 10. Vendor s disaster recovery plan 11. Service provider must offer discount billing to USAC General Conditions The following are the General Conditions for the work to be performed as outlined in the Detailed Specifications. Scope of Work This RFP is for the procurement of telephone service for the North Bolivar Consolidated School District. The service must meet all eligibility for Hosted VoIP telephone service as PRIORITY ONE telecommunication service as defined by the eligible services list for the funding year This RFP is NOT to procure equipment, software, licenses, maintenance contracts or any other products or services that would be considered Priority Two Internal Connections as defined in the USAC eligible services list. In the case of leased equipment such as routers, contractual terms of the lease must be provided with The Service Provider s Bid. The term lease is used to refer to contractual arrangements whereby the ownership of the property remains with the service provider, as stipulated in the SLD Fact Sheet on Internet Services Connectivity, 2/24/98, page 1. The SLD has stated that it will not commit to discounts on a contract that is titled or described as a lease when in effect the terms of the agreement constitute a purchase. For example a lease, which includes upfront payment of capital costs, will not be eligible for discounts. This RFP is NOT seeking quotes for a North Bolivar Consolidated School District owned phone system, but rather for phone service. North Bolivar Consolidated School District does not seek to purchase, own or maintain an in house phone system, but rather issues this RFP for phone service that provides the most up to date VoIP features and functionality as a hosted service with equipment ownership, maintenance and service remaining with the service provider.
4 Proposal Submittal Two copies of the proposal and two copies of the other required documentation must be sent in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the words Hosted VOiP. All proposals will be opened at time and date, at the North Bolivar Consolidated School District office. Due to the nature and diversity of the proposals, a significant amount of time may be required to determine which proposal provides the best option for The North Bolivar Consolidated School District. The evaluation process will not be complete until The North Bolivar Consolidated School District has determined the best proposal based on all factors. The Service Provider s Qualifications The Service Provider must provide proof of registration with the (SLD) for reimbursement under ERate guidelines for Priority One Services. If The Service Provider fails to file the appropriate forms with the SLD or fails to receive an SLD Service Provider Number, The North Bolivar Consolidated School District is not responsible for the discounted portion of The Service Provider s bill. The Service Provider must generate an invoice for the USF portion of the bill in accordance with SLD regulations. The Service Provider is responsible for supplying SLD SPIN with the quote. Vendor must provide a Mississippi Contractors License. Preference will be given to those who are on the Mississippi Public Service Commission s list of Telecommunications carriers. It is preferred that the Service Provider has been in business for at least 5 years. A legible copy of incorporation papers must be attached and noted. Service Providers must give examples of experience with installation of similar projects for at least three such installations. Governing Law All RFPs and related documents submitted to The North Bolivar Consolidated School District by the Service Provider are governed under the laws of the State of Mississippi. Comprehensive List of References All references should include: a contact person, dates of work, mailing address and telephone numbers. References must include three (3) or more references of installations of similar complexity, preferably in Mississippi.
5 The North Bolivar Consolidated School District reserves the right to: 1. Give full and proper consideration to the service, reputation, product knowledge, and experience of all companies presenting proposals, and to disqualify any such Service Provider it deems unqualified to provide the services requested. 2. Reject any and all proposals if deemed necessary. 3. Accept any alternative proposal believed to be in the best interest of the North Bolivar Consolidated School District. 4. Waive any formality in the quote submission. 5. Cancel any awarded bid if the service proves unsatisfactory. Terms of Payment The start of services for this project may not begin prior to July 1, The North Bolivar Consolidated School District will, if possible, issue an SLD Form 486 on the day services begin. Term of Contract and E-Rate Subsidies Payment for The North Bolivar Consolidated School District s hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is dependent on E-Rate subsidies. The North Bolivar Consolidated School District will file for the E-Rate subsidies throughout the term of the contract. In the event that the North Bolivar Consolidated School District ERate subsidies were to cease, the North Bolivar Consolidated School District will notify the service provider as to the date of the cessation and the North Bolivar Consolidated School District s will be liable only for payment for services until the time of termination. If E-Rate subsidies stop, the North Bolivar Consolidated School District will not be bound by the remainder of the contract. Vendor Requirements The vendor must meet or exceed all minimum qualification requirements. All submitted quotes must provide at a minimum, all requested information in this quote document. Any portion not included will be cause for elimination from the quote process. Each response will be reviewed to determine if it is complete prior to actual evaluation. The information should be organized as indicated in the quote requirements. Any portions of the submitted quote, which are to be treated by the North Bolivar Consolidated School District as proprietary and confidential information, must be clearly marked as such. The North Bolivar Consolidated School District reserves the right to eliminate from further consideration any response, which is deemed to be substantially or materially unresponsive to the request for information, contained in this section. Vendors must include a reference for a project of equal size and scope that has been completed within the past three (3) years and it must include the following:
6 Job Location Contact name and telephone number Date of contract Project description Equipment/Service Installed Specifications Reference The specifications provided in this section are intended to convey the characteristics the North Bolivar Consolidated School District desires for Hosted VoIP phone service. The system should be a turnkey solution and must be able to support the existing Cisco phones in the schools in Mound Bayou Hosted VoIP Service will use the current North Bolivar Consolidated School District phone numbers. The North Bolivar Consolidated School District wishes to retain the current phone numbers at all locations. Hosted VoIP Service will provide four-digit dialing between rooms and facilities; Call Forwarding, both inside and outside of the system; Call Routing System; Call Transfer and Redial; Caller ID, both the caller and receiver, provided the receiver has this feature enabled on their phone and four digit code for calling long distance. Hosted VoIP Service will provide Enhanced 911 (E 911), Hosted VoIP Service will provide Centralized Voice Mail Solution that can be used transparently by all locations, and the ability for all locations to appear to be part of a single phone system, as well as, Voice Mail that is accessible from inside and outside of the North Bolivar Consolidated School District. Hosted VoIP Service will provide analog ports for fax, alarm (security and fire), postage machine and auto attendant systems. Hosted VoIP Service will include in-state/out-of-state long distance service. Cost for this service must be included in the quote. Hosted VoIP Service will meet the requirements of Priority 1 eligible E-Rate funding. Hosted VoIP Service will provide Centralized Call Detail Reporting (CDR) system to report calls being made and where the call originated. VoIP solution will provide Phone Instruments that are appropriate for office and class room use. Equipment shall be new models and in current production. Reconditioned, remanufactured, or demo models shall not be accepted. Handsets must be SIP compliant. VoIP gateway service. Respondents should possess and use their extensive knowledge and experience within the communications industry to recommend a creative solution that will meet or exceed the North Bolivar Consolidated School District s requirements.
7 The following numbers should be ported and a phone provided for each number: John F. Kennedy and IT Montgomery schools currently use the Cisco VOIP system with existing Cisco phones. The NBCSD requires the proposed system to integrate and be 100% compatible/equivalent with the existing Cisco system. Handset Specifications Reference (North Bolivar Consolidated School District is aware that at the time of this RFP, handsets either bundled, leased or purchased are not eligible for E-Rate subsidies according to the funding year 2015 Eligible Services List) The North Bolivar Consolidated School District prefers a bundled or leased solution for handsets. Prices for Managed Option and Purchase Option of Handsets
8 QUOTE SUBMISSION FORM Company Name of Service Provider Corporate Headquarters Address City State Zip Service Provider Contact Name Service Provider Contact Phone Number Service Provider Contact Address E-Rate Service Provider Name E-Rate Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) Address of Mississippi Office City State Zip 24 Hour Toll Free Help Desk Phone Number
9 3 Year Contract (Worksheet) WITH LEASED HANDSETS E-Rate Eligible One Time Cost E-Rate Ineligible one time Cost E-Rate Eligible Monthly Cost E-Rate Ineligible Monthly Cost Price Per Minute for Long Distance Service In-State Long Distance Out-Of-State Long Distance TOTAL FOR THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT WITH BUNDLED HANDSETS E-Rate Eligible One Time Cost E-Rate Ineligible one time Cost E-Rate Eligible Monthly Cost E-Rate Ineligible Monthly Cost Price Per Minute for Long Distance Service In-State Long Distance Out-Of-State Long Distance TOTAL FOR THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT
10 Questions How long has your company been in business To be submitted with the worksheets above: Copy of Mississippi Contractors License Description of Help Desk Procedures Description of Service Response Procedures Description or list of service locations that will provide service and support for the North Bolivar Consolidated School District installation and the number of technicians available for that support. Description and number of each of the various handsets being proposed. 3 References for similar installations as described in the specifications. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION The District will utilize the following criteria (based as the basis for the proposal evaluations and selection). Factor Weight Price of the ELIGIBLE goods and services 35% Prior experience with NBCSD 25% Personnel qualifications 20% Management capability/technology Solution SOW 15% Preference to Mississippi based companies 5% Total 100%
11 NBCSD reserves the right to select out right a single Proposer, and to waive the finalists state of the evaluation process in the event a Proposer has total points scored significantly higher than all the other Proposers responding to this RFP. NBCSD in its sole discretion may accept or reject any or all responses to this RFP and may waive all formalities, technicalities and irregularities. All bidders are placed on notice that award of the RFP will be based upon the products and services best suited to NBCSD. The sole judgment of NBCSD on such matters shall be final. NBCSD has identified the factors itemized above under scoring criteria as critical to a company s ability to effectively assist NBCSD integrate technology and better prepare students to be successful citizens and productive workers in the 21 st century. To be considered for evaluation, companies must provide relevant responses to all sections of this RFP.(100EvaluationPointsPossible). A separate response is requested for each criteria section. Appropriate labeling required. Personnel Qualifications (20Points) NBCSD is seeking (an)e-rate Proposer(s) that has the depth, breadth, and quality of resources necessary to complete all phases of abroad technology and service project. In addition, the timely availability of these resources and related support elements will be critical to project success. Describe the various resources from your company that will be made available to assist NBCSD in the execution of its mission in performance of each SOW. Provide resumes and related experience summaries to demonstrate the competencies and experience of typical personnel who would be assigned to the NBCSD program. Provide a list of industry standard certified employees and their certifications. Mississippi Based Companies(K-12Experience) (5Points) NBCSD is interested in providers that understand the technology, administrative, and instructional challenges facing today s educators, children and administrators. The education environment is vastly changing with challenges that make technology decisions more important as they reach the District constituencies. The respondent must show that their solutions are sustainable within the frame work of the District s resources to implement and maintain ongoing operations. A demonstration of the provider s K-12 commitment should include but not be limited to: Prior Experience with North Bolivar Consolidated School District (25Points) NBCSD has also determined that a company s background, experience, and financial stability are essential for the success of a long-term relationship with its selected Proposer(s). Proposers responding to this RFP should include information about their company s experience, financial stability, and quality of services and products and satisfaction of their clients. A minimum of three(3) references (school districts
12 preferred) as attached in Exhibit E-4. Management Capability/Technology Solutions-SOW s (15Points) NBCSD requires a network that will continue to provide the District with a modern, efficient and reliable network to support data and provide voice and video information transfer capabilities within the district buildings. Reliability and high performance are key requirements of this networking plan, as the NBCSD network continues to support the technology needs of the future. Vendor s proposal provide interoperability with current or planned NBCSD environment. Proposers must provide scope of work(sow) and contract information for each project being proposed Pricing (35Points) Proposer must abide by the district s bid policy. Proposer must abide by the FCC bid rules. Proposer must provide specific price quotes for eligible services. This information will be submitted as part of the NBCSD s 471applications along with the selected Proposer s SPIN Number. NBCSD reserves the right to select a combination of pricing, services and/or Proposer(s) that appears best suited to meet the needs of NBCSD. Proposer must allocate to the extent that a clear delineation can be made between eligible and ineligible components. If a product is found to be not eligible, offer or will bear the cost and not NBCSD. MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT The District is requesting that the selected vendor enter into a one-year contract for E- Rate Eligible Equipment and Services with the option to extend the contract on an annual basis if determined to be in the best interest of the District. The contracts hall begin on July1, 2015 and can be extended on an annual basis and provide 3, 5 and a maximum 7 year options which will be at the sole discretion of the District. VENDOR REQUIREMENTS The vendor must meet or exceed all minimum qualification requirements. All submitted quotes must provide at a minimum, all requested information in this quote document. Any portion not included will be cause for elimination from the quote process. Each response will be reviewed to determine if it is complete prior to actual evaluation. The information should be organized as indicated in the quote requirements. Any portions of the submitted quote, which are to be treated by the District as proprietary and confidential information, must be clearly marked as such. The District reserves the right to eliminate from further consideration any response, which is deemed to be substantially or materially unresponsive to the request for information, contained in this section. Vendors must include a reference for a project of equal size and scope that has been
13 completed within the past two(2)years. Job Location Contact name and telephone number Date of contract Project Description Equipment/Service Installed QUOTE EVALUATION Each response will be reviewed prior to the selection process for completeness and adherence to format. A response will be considered complete if all requested sections are included in the proper order and properly completed. Vendors may also provide any and all recommendations for consideration such as installation, maintenance, support and design that is relevant to the total solution of the District s technology needs. Evaluation Criteria Costs, including unit prices, labor rates, travel/trip charges, etc. Extent of experience with the district Client references and/or citations from prior installations where equal services have been provided for projects of similar size and complexities Quote preparation,thoroughness, and responsiveness to the RFP requirement Preference will be given to telecom providers over resellers. The successful bidder will be chosen based upon best value. The district reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Award of Proposal Contingent on E-RATE Award and District Funding SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS & INFORMATION TO BIDDERS
14 1. PROPOSALS: Each proposal shall conform and be responsive to District specifications. Bidder shall furnish complete specifications and rates for all services requested. Additional pricing schedules detailing items listed on the proposal shall be attached to the proposal form. 2. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF PROPOSAL: 3. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT: Proposals shall be submitted to the address above and labeled as follows: It is the sole responsibility of the bidders to see that the proposal is received in proper time as stated in the Notice to Bidders. Any proposal received after the scheduled closing time for receipt of proposals will be rejected and returned to the bidder. 4. TYPEWRITTEN/WRITTEN IN INK: All prices or notations must be typed or written in ink. Proposals written with pencil will not be accepted. 5. ERASURES: The proposal submitted must not contain erasures, interlineations, or other corrections unless each such correction is suitably authenticated by affixing in the margin immediately opposite the correction the surname or surnames of the person or persons signing the proposal. 6. QUOTE SEPARATELY: Quote on each item separately. Prices should be stated based on quantities/units specified on the proposal form. 7. ALL COSTS INCLUDED: All costs must be included in the bidder s proposal. The bidder shall deliver, install, and complete an integrated system, which may include use of the District s own existing equipment referenced herein. These specifications are meant to outline the District s functional requirements and are not meant to be an exhaustive list of services required to accomplish these requirements. 8. TAXES AND INSURANCE: All insurance that may be required shall be included in all bid response quotations. The District is exempt from Mississippi States ales and use taxes. The District is exempt from paying Federal Excise Taxes. 9. SIGNATURE: The proposal must be signed in the name of the bidder and must bear the signature in longhand of the person or persons duly authorized to sign the proposal. In case a proposal is submitted by a corporation, it must be signed in the name of such corporation by a duly authorized officer or agent thereof.
15 10. MODIFICATIONS: Changes in or additions to the proposal form, recapitulations of the work proposal upon, alternative proposals, or any modifications of the proposal form which are not specifically called for in the contract documents may result in the District s rejection of the proposal as not being responsive to the invitation to proposal. No oral or telephonic (facsimile machine, FAX, inclusive) modifications of any proposal submitted will be considered. 11. EXAMINATION OF CONTRACT DOCUMENTS: Bidders shall thoroughly examine and be familiar with the Drawing and Specifications. The failure or omission of any bidder to receive or examine any contract documents, forms, instruments, addenda or other documents or to visit the site and acquaint himself with conditions there existing shall in no way relieve any bidder from obligations with respect to his proposal or the contract. The submission of a proposal shall be taken as Prime Facie evidence o f compliance with this section. 12. ERROR INPROPOSAL: Any claim by bidder of error in his proposal must be made before proposals are opened, or the claim shall be deemed waived. Any bidder may withdraw his proposal at any time before the time at which proposals are due and the Request For Proposals is closed and, having done so, no bidder will be permitted to resubmit a proposal. 13. WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSAL: Any bidder may withdraw his proposal by written request. All proposals received by the District shall remain subject to the acceptance for a period of ninety (90)calendar days after the date of the proposal opening. 14. AWARD OF CONTRACT LIMITATION: No proposal will be accepted from or contract awarded to any party or firm in arrears to the District, or who is a defaulter as surety,contractor or otherwise. 15. EVIDENCE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Upon the request of the District, a bidder whose proposal is under consideration for the award of the Contract shall submit promptly to the District satisfactory evidence showing the bidder s financial resources, his experience and organization available for the performance of the contract. 16. ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF PROPOSALS: The Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, or any or all items of any proposal, or waive any irregularity of any proposal. No proposal may be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90)days without written approval of the District. 17. PREVAILING LAW: In the event of any conflicts or ambiguities between these specifications and state or federal laws, regulations or rules, then the latter shall prevail. 18. BRANDS. When a particular brand or brand and number are named in connection with any item, it is named as a standard of quality and utility only. A Bidder may submit a bid to furnish an item other than that named, but the item offered by the Bidder must state in the Bid Form the brand with its number, if any, which he will furnish. The District shall be the sole judge of whether an offered item is the equal of the named item. If the Bidder fails to write in the brand and number of the item to be furnished, it is understood the bidder will furnish the item named by the District as the
16 standard of quality and utility. 19. SAMPLES. Where the Bidder quotes on a brand named as a standard of the quality and utility desired, a sample of the tem will not be required unless specifically requested. If the bid submitted is on any other brand or make than that so named, a sample there of must be furnished, if requested, or the bid on the item will not be considered. The sample submitted shall be the exact item the Bidder proposes to furnish. Samples of items, when requested, must be furnished free of expense to the District. 20. FEDERAL OR STATE REGULATIONS: The Bidder's proposal and any contract entered into are subject to all applicable statutes of the United States or of the State and all applicable regulations and orders of the Federal or State governments no win effect or which shall be in effect during the period of such contract. 21. ASSIGNMENT PROHIBITED: No contract awarded under this proposal shall be assigned without the approval of the local school board. Any attempted assignment in violation of the provision shall be voidable at the option of the Board. 22. PATENT RIGHTS, COPYRIGHTS, AND TRADEMARKS: The Bidder shall save, keep, bear harmless, and fully indemnify the District and any of its officers or agents from all damages, or claims for damages, costs, or expenses in law or equity that may at anytime arise or be setup for any infringement of the patent rights, copyrights, or trademarks of any person in consequence of the use by the District, or by any of its officers or agents of items to be supplied by the Bidder. 23. DELIVERY: All items shall be delivered in quantities specified in the contract F.O.B., at the points within the District as specified in the contract. Deliveries in advance of the time specified in the contract shall not be accepted unless the Bidder has obtained prior approval from the District. Unless otherwise specified, if an item is not delivered as specified in the contractor if the Bidder delivers an item which does not conform to the Specifications, the Board of Trustees may, at its option, annul and set aside the contract, either in whole or in part, and may enter into a new contract in accordance with law for furnishing such item. Any additional cost or expense incurred by the District in the making of such contractor any additional cost of supplying an item by reason of the failure of the Bidder, as described in this paragraph, shall be paid by the Bidder or his surety. 24. INSPECTION OF ITEMS FURNISHED. All items furnished shall be subject to inspection and rejection by the District for defects or non-compliance with the specifications. The cost of inspection on deliveries or offers for delivery which do not meet specifications may be deducted from the contract price. 25. INABILITY TO PERFORM. In the event that Bidder is prevented from making delivery or otherwise performing on time as specified in the contract by fire, flood, earthquake, labor or transportation problems, war, acts of government, or any other similar cause commonly known as an act of God, which is not the fault of the Bidder, the Bidder shall not be required to deliver or perform, subject to the following requirements:
17 The Bidder shall send written notice to the District of the Bidder's inability to perform in accordance with the contract. The notice shall contain all facts which show the condition which prevents performance. The Bidder shall send such notice as soon as possible but in no event later than the fifth (5th) day following the date of issuance of a purchase order by the District or no later than the date specified in the contract for delivery or other performance, whichever is applicable. The District may cancel the contract or purchase order, entirely or in part. The Bidder shall not make any delivery or otherwise attempt to perform under the contract except on the basis of issuance by the District of a new purchase order or other written instruction. 26. WARRANTY-PRODUCT: Seller warrants that all articles furnished shall be free from all defects of material and workmanship, that all articles shall be fit and sufficient for the purposes intended, and shall save, keep, bear harmless and fully indemnify the District and any of its officers, employees or agents from all damages, or claims for damages, costs or expenses in law or equity that may at anytime arise from Buyers normal use. 27. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT. Bidder, in submitting his proposal certifies that he is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and certifies that he is in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the State Fair Employment Practice Act, and all other applicable Federal and State laws and regulations relating to equal opportunity employment, including Executive Order No of September 24, GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE: In the event of litigation, the bid documents and related matters shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Mississippi. 29. CONTACT with local district school board: No business entity, including any agent of such entity, shall directly or indirectly contact any board member immediately before or during the bidding process of any project on which the business entity intends to or has submitted a bid. Any vendor violating this policy shall be deemed disqualified from bidding. Should such contact come to light after the bid is awarded and the entity was deemed the successful bidder, the Board reserves the right to cancel any contract awarded. 30. ARBITRATION: All claims of $375,000or less which arise between the bidder and the District shall be subject to the settlement and arbitration provisions set forth in the public Contract Code Sections through ,which provisions are incorporated here by this reference. 31. E-RATE PARTICIPATION: The District is participating in the Federal Universal Service Discount program for schools and libraries (E-Rate),offered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), via the Schools and Libraries Division(SLD). The proposal and the contract negotiated implementing this proposal, are conditional and subject to full E-Rate funding by the SLD. The District reserves the right to cancel or in any manner reduce the scope of this
18 procurement in the event the SLD does not completely fund the request for funding submitted referencing this proposal. 32. SPIN: Each vendor providing services to the District as part of the E-Rate program must have a Service Provider Identification Number(SPIN). Vendor is responsible to apply to and receive from the Schools and Libraries Division a valid SPIN. Schools and Libraries Division can be reached online at: 33. RIGHT TO TERMINATE: District reserves the right to terminate this Request for Proposal and all documents associated with the Request for Proposal, including but not limited to a Letter of Intent/Letter of Agreement, in its sole discretion at anytime, with or without cause, upon written notice to the other party. In the event of termination, notice shall be deemed served on the date of mailing and shall be effective immediately. The District shall not be responsible for any costs to Bidder/Contractor prior to termination
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