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MIAMI-DADE BROADBAND COALITION LANDS I/T SERVICES CONTRACT WITH U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

The Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition (MDBC) announced that the General Services Administration of the United States (GSA), the purchasing manager for the federal government, has awarded the Coalition a contract to provide competitively priced information technology services to South Florida public entities that function within the GSA procurement system.

“We are elated. This contract is a giant leap forward for the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition,” commented Jackie Zelman, MDBC Chair and Director of the University of Miami’s Executive Information and Technology Institute. “Our team has logged hundreds of hours in developing a structure of services and pricing that fulfill the requirements set forth by the General Services Administration.”

MDBC guarantees that public entities that engage its services through this contract will receive “most preferred member class” pricing on a vast array of information technology services.

The GSA contract, the preferred method for government purchase of products and services, opens the door for the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition to market its information technology services —such as web hosting, cloud computing and disaster recovery— to federal, state and local agencies, area municipalities like Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, and institutions like Jackson Memorial Hospital and Florida International University, all of which adhere to an extremely detailed procurement process that ensures the most advantageous use of the public funding they receive.

“Now that MDBC’s competitive pricing structure has been approved and the GSA contract awarded, the purchasing process for our institutional members has been streamlined dramatically. In many instances they can now make immediate purchases without having to engage in a lengthy formal competitive bidding process, allowing them to enjoy discounted Coalition prices when their budgets need it the most,” explains Jim Osteen, Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition.

MDBC can now market its I/T services to federal, state and local agencies, area municipalities like Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, and institutions like Jackson Memorial Hospital and Florida International University, all of which adhere to an extremely detailed procurement process that ensures the most advantageous use of the public funding they receive.

In addition to facilitating and expediting the purchase cycle, MDBC will now have access to the GSA’s E-Buy system, a web-based Request for Quote (RFQ) system that enhances the Coalition’s opportunity to offer quotes and increase its business volume among GSA clients.

“Most importantly,” adds Ms. Zelman, “the revenue generated through this new relationship with the General Services Administration and its participating entities will assist the Coalition in advancing its digital literacy and affordable broadband access programs in South Florida at a time in which the most underserved areas of our community are in dire need of training and connectivity that may lead to employment.”

Established in 2009, the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration of diverse South Florida entities representing government, health care, education, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Its shared goal is to increase South Florida’s economic competitiveness through the support of digital literacy programs and the elimination of the “digital divide”, especially in the underserved areas of the community. The mission of the MDBC is to transform the community through the promotion of digital literacy and the adoption of affordable broadband access by all citizens of Miami-Dade County. What makes the Coalition unique are its members: anchor institutions and businesses working together toward the organization’s common goals.

For information on the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition, please visit http://www.miamibroadband.org or contact Jim Osteen, executive director, at 305.371.0340.

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