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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Chicago State University
Emergency Award #1209IT
Announcement of an Emergency Award/Quick Purchase
Final Amount
Published Friday October 19, 2012
Vendor: Business Only Broadband
Final Amount: $14,945
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Lee Saulter.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award InfoAwarded Friday October 21, 2011
Awarded to:
Vendor: Business Only Broadband, Westmont, IL
Amount: An estimated $8,967
An estimated start date of 10/21/2011 through 1/17/2012
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, October 21, 2011
The University awarded a contract for Broadband Service.
This emergency/quick purchase was required due to a situation in which immediate action was needed to prevent any disruption in University services.
The conditions and circumstances requiring this emergency purchase are: Business Only Broadband provides approximately 60% of the University's broadband service. The rest of the service is provided by AT&T, ICN in combination. AT&T and ICN both share the same last five miles of fiber. If there is a service disruption or fiber cut AT&T, ICN would lose service. Business Only Broadband provides diversity of providers because it does not share its last 5 miles with AT&T. Therefore the University would still be able to continue to operate albeit on a reduced level if AT&T is down and Business Only Broadband is still up. Alternatively, If Business Only Broadband is down, the University would still have broadband service from AT&T. The university runs its ERP system Banner as a web service and 90% of all university employees would not be able to perform their normal work duties if the University is not able to supply any internet service. Therefore it is critical to university operations that it have diverse and redundant internet services from different providers.

For additional information, contact:
Janielle Graham
Chicago State University
Cook Administration Building, Rm. 111
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: (773) 995-2424

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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