Pre-Bid Meeting Scheduled for Parties Interested in Managing a Public Access/Leased Access (PALA) Television Station

Posted on  07/05/2013 1:30 pm

Individuals and organizations which have an interest in operating and managing a Public Access and Leased Access (PALA) television station serving the Wilmington community are invited to attend a pre-bid meeting on Friday, July 12. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Council Workshop Room located on the first floor of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building at 800 North French Street in Wilmington.

Representatives from Comcast and the City, including City Council, Law Department and the Office of Procurement, will be available to answer questions concerning the Request for Proposals (RFP), issued June 28, seeking an operator of a PALA television station that will begin operations on April 1 of 2014.

A copy of the RFP is available on the City of Wilmington’s website at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/government/pala as is the City’s franchise agreement with Comcast. Copies may also be obtained by calling the City Council office at (302) 576-2140.

Responses to the RFP must be received by the City by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 15. The City’s Cable, Video and Telecommunications Commission, which is comprised of representatives from the Mayor’s Administration and City Council, will review documentation submitted by applicants and have an opportunity to question applicants during a series of public meetings in September and October. The current timeline for the selection of a Third Party Operator calls for the City Cable Commission to recommend the PALA TPO by October 31 and then send the recommendation to City Council for final approval in December.