RFP Documents

Request for Proposal
Internet Access
Houston County Public Library
Houston County, Georgia
E-Rate Funding Year
July 1, 2018 through
June 30, 2019
Request for Proposal
Network Switch Equipment
Houston County Public Library
Houston County, Georgia
E-Rate Funding Year
July 1, 2018 through
June 30, 2019
Request for Proposal
Managed Firewall Services
Houston County Public Library
Houston County, Georgia
E-Rate Funding Year
July 1, 2018 through
June 30, 2019

FAQ

FAQ

FAQ

Amendment to Page 6,  QUESTIONS, Paragraph 1

The text has been modified to read “All questions must be submitted by  Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 by 5:00PM and will be answered in the form of an FAQ which will be posted to http://houpl.org/?page_id=2070 no later than  Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by 5:00PM.

Amendment to Page 5, QUESTIONS, Paragraph 1

The text has been modified to read “All questions must be submitted by Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 by 5:00PM and will be answered in the form of an FAQ which will be posted to http://houpl.org/?page_id=2070 no later than Thursday, December 21st2017 by 5:00PM.

Amendment to Page 6, QUESTIONS, Paragraph 1

The text has been modified to read “All questions must be submitted by  Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 by 5:00PM and will be answered in the form of an FAQ which will be posted to http://houpl.org/?page_id=2070 no later than  Thursday, December 21st2017 by 5:00PM.

Amendment to Page 6, PROPOSAL DELIVERY, top of page

The text has been modified to read “Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope addressed to the following by mail, delivery service, or hand delivery, no later than 5:00 PM EST, Friday, December 29th, 2017.”

Amendment to Page 5, PROPOSAL DELIVERY, paragraph 5

The text has been modified to read “Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope addressed to the following by mail, delivery service, or hand delivery, no later than 5:00 PM EST, Friday, December 29th, 2017.”

Amendment to Page 5, PROPOSAL DELIVERY, paragraph 5

The text has been modified to read “Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope addressed to the following by mail, delivery service, or hand delivery, no later than 5:00 PM EST, Friday, December 29th, 2017.”

Question 1 Internet Access:  This RFP for Internet Access has a requirement for CIPA-compliant content filtering as part of the internet connection and managed router. The Houston County Public Library System has also released an RFP for Managed Firewall Services that also requires URL filtering. How does the Managed Firewall Services RFP affect the content filtering requirement on the Internet Access RFP?

Answer 1: The Content Filter detects and/or blocks access to inappropriate material on the Internet based on education-specific URL database. Content Database consists domains, IPs, and URLs combined, sorted into categories configured for education.
Our current content filtering is based on FortiGuard and their database of blocked URLs. FortiGuard URL Database Categories are based upon the Web content viewing suitability of three major groups of customers: enterprises, schools, and home/families. It also takes into consideration customer requirements for Internet management.
With respect to Managed Firewall Services, the firewall services manage our current firewall configuration and adjust settings as needed to fully protect the edge of our library network from intrusion. If needed, the firewall is a 2nd defense but will not do content filtering, although it has that capability.

Question 2 Internet Access: On page two of this RFP, under Background Information, it is stated that wireless networks, VoIP and networked printers are used at all three locations. Can additional details be provided on how these services affect the internet connection at the branches?

Answer 2: All wireless network, VoIP and network printers are used inside the library with no outside access expect for cloud printing. The wireless network is password protected, not open to the public. Our network is subnetted in order to separate staff and the public but all subnets use the same internet connection.

Question 3 Internet Access: Page 2 “Class C IP address allocation for continued access to IP based library resources”  Why Class C?

Answer 3: Class C addresses are commonly used for small to mid-size businesses. We currently have /28 subnet because we don’t have a great need for a large block of IP addresses. We would like to get at least a /20 subnet which is globally routable.

Question 4 Internet Access: Page 3 “Vendors responsible for all service and maintenance of Internet connections and content filter.” Can describe content filter and specific references (model #) if possible?

Answer 4: Schools and libraries are subject to CIPA in order to receive the discounts offered by the E-rate program and must have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors). See https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act
Our current content filtering is based on FortiGuard and their database of blocked URLs. FortiGuard URL Database Categories are based upon the Web content viewing suitability of three major groups of customers: enterprises, schools, and home/families. This was put in place by our current ISP and is entirely up to the IPS to provide.

Questions 5 Internet Access: Page 4 “100 MB/s minimum (Bids should include additional quote for 150MB/S” Are you looking for 2 quote prices per location, one for 100 MB and another for 150?

Answer 5: Yes

Question 6 Internet Access: Under proposal delivery 2nd paragraph, is there an award date or decision deadline?

Answer 6: Yes dates have been extended, please see above.