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EducationSuperHighway
JAM Product:
Request for Information

Five years ago, an unprecedented coalition united behind a simple, but important, goal: to improve broadband in America’s K-12 classrooms. As EducationSuperHighway approaches the completion of its mission in 2020, we are working to sustain the momentum created to ensure technology can be fully integrated into teaching and learning throughout our schools.

The Product

Every day we see how strong leadership and actionable data helps students get the high-speed connectivity they need to access digital learning opportunities. Our aim is to partner with an organization (or multiple organizations) to equip state leaders with the information necessary to continue to drive K-12 broadband upgrades in their states and ensure districts meet the 1 Mbps per student bandwidth goal.

EducationSuperHighway is developing a software product (going by code name of JAM) that leverages public data to surface essential information on K-12 broadband access and E-rate usage at the national, state, and district level.

The product supports users to:

  • Identify and reach out to school districts in need of an upgrade.
  • Assist school districts to procure Internet services at fair prices.
  • Keep the FCC and USAC accountable for E-rate effectiveness and funding application approvals.
  • Track statewide K-12 bandwidth growth and achievement of the 1 Mbps goal.
  • Ensure school districts file for E-rate and use Category 2 funds within the eligible time frame.


We are now requesting information from organizations interested in exploring a partnership to manage this product. To indicate your organizations interest, please submit an expression of interest by March 1, 2019.


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EducationSuperHighway JAM Product Details

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Partner Assessment Process

INTRODUCTION
January – February

  • Organizations express interest
  • Host webinar

PHASE 1
February 20 – April 1

  • RFI posted Feb 20
  • EducationSuperHighway responds to questions
  • Organizations submit executive summary and 3-5 concept paper

PHASE 2
April 8 – May 15*

  • EducationSuperHighway notifies applicants advancing to Phase 2 by April 8
  • EducationSuperHighway responds to questions
  • Organizations submit detailed proposal with budget, strategic plan and references

DECISION
June 1*

  • EducationSuperHighway makes final partner decision and selection by June 1
  • Negotiate details and logistics by July 1

*Dates are tentative

RFI

This is a request for information (RFI) to operate a software product and business processes that will help state leaders to ensure that every school and classroom in America can support digital learning through 2025.

The RFI is now available to download.

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The Phase 1 – Concept Proposal Package must be submitted by April 1, 2019 no later than 5:00pm PT and should include all attachments listed below.
• Attachment A: Concept Proposal
• Attachment B: Capabilities Checklist

To be eligible to apply for this RFI, an expression of interest must be submitted by March 1, 2019 no later than 5:00pm PT.

All proposals must be submitted via email to jam@educationsuperhighway.org.


FAQ’s

All answers to questions submitted as part of this process will be posted here and updated through March 19, 2019.

Who owns this initiative? How is it funded?
EducationSuperHighway currently owns and drives the vision, product, and process to identify a partner. We are also securing funding to help support the work beyond 2020.
What is EducationSuperHighway's involvement in the project after the partner is selected, and after 2020?
EducationSuperHighway will play a hands-on role to select and onboard the partner from 2019-2020. The governance structure after 2020 is still being decided.
How long is the initiative expected to last?
Given that the primary focus of the initiative is to get school districts to 1 Mbps/student and the fact that 28% of school districts are already there, we anticipate that initiative will take 3-5 years for completion.
What is the budget?
We are not providing a budget estimate at this stage.
How do I engage in the version 1 of this product?
Most of the development work for version 1 will be complete by the time of partner selection. Once selected, the partner may able to make some updates prior to its release, and we anticipate heavier engagement on product input as we iterate after the V1 release.
Can we make changes to the product once we take it on?
Scope changes will be discussed as part of the contracting process. As a general rule of thumb, the product’s primary objectives and any “must-have” features should be supported. Product enhancements are possible as long as there is agreement and the partner takes on the additional costs.
Is this for public school districts only? Are charters, libraries, other entities included?
Details about the populations set will be provided at a later date.
How will this be branded?
We can discuss branding as part of the contracting process.
What partner attributes do you care most about?
We care most about the organization’s ability to lead the initiative and ensure that the product is well positioned and leveraged (e.g. channel development, program and project management, marketing, user engagement).
Who else is being considered?
EducationSuperHighway will post all organization’s that submit an Expression of Interest form by Friday, March 1.
Will joint proposals be accepted?
If you believe partnering with another organization will strengthen your proposal, then yes! EducationSuperHighway will consider any combination of partners that will be suited to fulfill the goals for the product.
Do I need technical staff to apply?
No, not on hand. You can submit a proposal for a partial scope, and we can work together to get the right technical staff and resources on board in 2019-2020. All proposals must cover the program management aspect of this initiative.