Date:April 05, 2017
Riverside County has issued a Request for Participants, seeking private companies who are willing to partner with the County and build out wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed, broadband Internet services to businesses and residences throughout the County.
The RFP for the RIVCOconnect Broadband Initiative was issued in collaboration with many of the incorporated cities, and some of the tribal nations, in Riverside County in an effort to make it as simple as possible for providers to enter the market and plan builds as if the entire County was a single jurisdiction.
Riverside County — covering an area nearly the size of New Jersey — may be the geographically largest community that is seeking companies willing to build-out new broadband infrastructure to residents and businesses. (Best Best & Krieger assisted in preparation of the RFP, which was issued on April 3.)
About the Author
Joseph Van Eaton is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He specializes in representing municipalities on a broad range of communications issues in federal and state courts, before federal and state agencies, and at the negotiating table.
Seth Merewitz is a partner in the Municipal Law practice group and head of the Public-Private Partnership/Joint Venture group at Best Best & Krieger LLP. He provides advisory and transactional services to developers, land owners, public agencies and private entities.
Ryan Baron is of counsel in the firm’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group. He offers strategic counsel on a wide variety of utility and environmental law matters. He has significant experience in water, energy, air, solid waste, public utility regulation and infrastructure development. As former senior in-house counsel to a large metropolitan county, Ryan understands both the business of government and industry and the need to navigate clients through complex regulatory matters with revenue-focused and creative approaches.