The Quilt 2020 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 1.5Tbps of committed commodity bandwidth from Authorized Quilt Providers established from The Quilt’s 11th RFP effort in 2020.

The Quilt’s 2020 Commodity Internet Service RFP Process

2020 CIS RFP Overview [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.

Schedule of RFP Activities

Event Date
RFP Release January 6, 2020 (Monday)
Non-Binding Letter of Intent to Respond Due January 22, 2020 (Wednesday)
Pre-RFP Q&A Conference Call 3:00 pm EST
202-850-0927 *no pin*
January 30, 2020 (Thursday)
Due Date for CIS RFP Submission to The Quilt (11:59 pm EST) February 19, 2020 (Wednesday)
CIS RFP Semi-Finalists Invited for Presentations March 30th, 2020 (Monday)
CIS RFP Semi-Finalist Presentations via Zoom April 14, 15 & 16 2020
(Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday)
Providers Selected to be CIS Authorized Quilt Provider (AQP) April 16, 2020 (Thursday)
CIS Master Services Agreement Signed Week of May 21, 2020
CIS AQP Now Authorized to Sell Under Quilt Pricing Agreement Upon MSA execution

The components of the 2020 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: