The Quilt 2018 Commodity Internet Services RFP


One of the goals of The Quilt is to provide advanced network services at a lower cost. Toward this goal, the coalition of Quilt members and Authorized Quilt Buyers purchase Commodity Internet Services (CIS) through several approved CIS providers who participate in the program. The Quilt Community collectively purchases 765 Gbps of committed commodity bandwidth from Authorized Quilt Providers established from The Quilt’s 10th RFP effort in 2018.

The Quilt’s 2018 Commodity Internet Service RFP Process

2018 CIS RFP Process Summary [PDF]

Through the RFP process, our goal is to identify those providers who, through their IP transit Internet service offerings, are willing and able to be partners in the delivery and development of our research and education networks through the United States. We will look to our approved commodity Internet services providers for pricing discounts appropriate to our levels of bandwidth consumption. We seek provider partners who are not only able to provide the best value, but are also at the forefront of technology and are willing to work closely with Quilt members to develop and expand technology beyond that of a standard provider-customer relationship.

The Quilt’s 2018 Commodity RFP Schedule

Event Date
RFP Release January 8, 2018
Non-Binding Letter of Intent to Respond Due January 16, 2018
Pre-RFP Q&A Conference Call 3:00 pm EST
202-850-0927 *no access code*
January 26, 2018
Pre-RFP Q&A Conference Call 3:00 pm EST
202-850-0927 *no access code*
February 1, 2018
Due Date for CIS RFP Submission to The Quilt (11:59 pm EST) February 16, 2018
CIS RFP Semi-Finalists Selected and Invited for Presentations March 19, 2018
CIS RFP Semi-Finalist Presentations in Denver, CO –
Travel Information TBA
April 4-5, 2018
Providers Selected to be CIS Authorized Quilt Provider (AQP) April 16, 2018
CIS Master Services Agreement Signed Week of May 21, 2018
CIS AQP Now Authorized to Sell Under Quilt Pricing Agreement Upon MSA execution

The components of the 2018 RFP are linked here and include:

  1. CIS RFP Overview Document (.doc)
  2. CIS RFP Essay (.doc)
  3. CIS Provider Pricing Matrix (.xls)

If you have any questions regarding the documents or RFP process, please contact Sharon Akkoul: