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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SoleSource #1AMF21Comcast

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday August 17, 2020
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now John Donato.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Tuesday, August 4, 2020
The University intends to award a contract for Cable Television and High Speed Internet to Comcast Communications Management, LLC, Philadelphia, PA, for an estimated $526,633.17.
The University has a need for Cable Television and High Speed Internet. This is needed to adequately provide cable television service to over 150 public space locations across seventeen residence halls. In addition to cable television, bulk Internet service is provided to more than 1,000 residents of the Orchard Downs and Ashton Woods apartment complexes. The end result of this will be fully operational cable television and high speed internet without interruption while the University solicits another request for proposal (RFP). The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Comcast Communications Management, LLC. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form. Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university?s need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Infrastructure to provide cable TV service throughout University Housing facilities would require critical changes.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Aaron Finder
212 Illini Plaza
1817 S. Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 300-5652
FAX: (217) 239-6877
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

Date:
August 19, 2020
Time:
9:00 AM
Location:
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:
August 14, 2020
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
  • 1AMF21Comcast.pdf (148 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 1AMF21ComcastPt2.pdf (560 KB)