The Quilt 2023 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 2.32Tbps of committed commodity bandwidth from Authorized Quilt Providers established from The Quilt’s 11th RFP effort in 2023.

The Quilt’s 2023 Commodity Internet Service RFP Process

2023 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 9, 2023 (Monday)
Non-Binding Letter of Intent to Respond Due January 25, 2023 (Wednesday)
Pre-RFP Q&A Zoom Call 3:00 pm EST
(Zoom TBD)
February 2, 2023 (Thursday)
Due Date for CIS RFP Submission to The Quilt (11:59 pm EST) February 22, 2023 (Wednesday)
CIS RFP Semi-Finalists Invited for Presentations April 3, 2023 (Monday)
CIS RFP Semi-Finalist Presentations by Video
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
(Zoom TBD)
April 18, 19 & 20 2023
(Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday)
Providers Selected to be CIS Authorized Quilt Provider (AQP) April 20, 2023 (Thursday)
CIS Master Services Agreement Signed* Week of May 22, 2023
CIS Authorized Quilt Provider Now Authorized to Sell Under Quilt Pricing Agreement Upon MSA execution

The components of the 2023 RFP will 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:

2023 CIS RFP Q&A

RFP Process:

Q:  How many Authorized Providers will be selected?
A:  Providers will be selected based on merit. There may be as few as zero or there may be several. There is no set number.

Q:  Are Quilt participants required to purchase from the Authorized Providers?
A:  No. While there are significant advantages to The Quilt participants to purchase from Authorized Quilt Providers, participants are free to choose their own solutions based on their individual needs.

Q:  Who are the Authorized Quilt Buyers?
A: The Quilt’s members varies from one regional network to another. In some cases, the regional network will be the only purchaser of Internet services. In other cases, the ‘connected’ entities of the regional network may be the purchasers. Since this varies from region to region, The Quilt maintains a list of organizations that are approved to purchase services under the auspices of The Quilt Provider agreements. See Exhibit A of the sample Agreement, for the current list of Buyers. Note, this list changes over time and these changes are communicated to our Providers.

Q:  What are the negotiating requirements for an Authorized Quilt Provider?
A:  The pricing quoted in the RFP response is the only pricing that a Provider may offer to a Buyer. Providers may, of course, offer pricing outside of the RFP response to customers not on the Buyer list. If a Provider wishes to offer lower pricing to a Buyer than that which was quoted in their Master Service Agreement (MSA) with The Quilt, then  the Provider must amend The Quilt MSA to make the lowest pricing available to all the Buyers. Amendments will be considered at any time.