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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #PSCMkal01122023

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday February 8, 2023

Frontier North IncSycamore, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $100,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 2/1/2023 through 12/30/2023, 8 months
  • Renewals: None



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

The hearing has been cancelled
Published Tuesday February 7, 2023
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, January 20, 2023
The University awarded a contract for Local Telecommunications Access to Frontier North Inc, Sycamore, IL, for an estimated $100,000.
Local Telecommunications Access (Local Exchange Carrier) for the NIU DeKalb campus and off-campus sites in the DeKalb Illinois area.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration. Frontier Communications already has the facility in place to service the NIU campus and its local satellite sites in the region. Change in service providers will cause significant down time for the NIU campus and satellite campuses. Changing to a different vendor will cost more as they have to install new facilities and equipment in order to provide those services. As we migrate to our new Teams voice solution, this service will be disconnected and no longer needed at this large capacity. The migration has taken longer than expected due to 911 issues that are currently being resolved with the new solution.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Kevin Lam
Northern Illinois University
Procurement Services & Contract Management
590 College Avenue
Lowden Hall, Room 107
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-1675
FAX: (815) 753-6800
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

February 8, 2023
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
February 3, 2023
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327

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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Sole Source Justification
  • PSCMkal01122023Frontier.pdf (765 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • PSCMkal01122023Pt2.pdf (85 KB)