Why did Orange County choose to partner with Lumos?

The Orange County Broadband Task Force reviewed different models to deploy broadband technology and chose to seek alternatives that delivered upload and download speeds of at least 100 mbps, consistent with the terms of the American Rescue Act Plan. The Task Force designed a request for proposal (RFP) to seek providers that could meet that standard and serve the County' s unserved and underserved homes. The Task Force also created a detailed scoring matrix and appointed a member to serve on the evaluation and contract negotiation team.

The RFP was issued on Sept. 13, 2021, with one amendment added Oct. 11, 2021. The County received four proposals from internet service providers in response to the RFP. The evaluation team scored the proposals and began contract negotiations with Lumos (then known as North State Communications Advanced Services, LLC).

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1. Now that Phase I has been announced, what happens next?
2. How long will it take to build out the network, and when will services be available?
3. Will Lumos offer a low-cost option?
4. I live on a private road – what can I do to get service?
5. I want to sign up. What do I do?
6. My home is far off the main road – what can I do?
7. What kinds of service options are available, and what is the cost?
8. Why did Orange County decide Broadband was a priority?
9. Why did Orange County choose to partner with Lumos?
10. How is Orange County paying for its share?
11. What will Lumos do?