Friday, August 27, 2010

Request for proposals to manage Fayetteville public-access station for the coming 5 years issued for second time by Fayetteville city purchasing agent

Here is the new RFP with a deadline of 2 p.m. local time. The previous RFP brought in only one proposal and it was turned in one minute after the deadline. The purchasing office uses an "atomic-clock setting," which is about 7 minutes earlier than time one sees on CNN or Weather Channel or on your alarm clock or wrist watch. My computer provides "atomic-clock" time, which is supposedly more accurate for a given point on earth.
Ask Art Hobson to explain the process of determining atomic time. Only a physics professor is likely to explain it easily. And Art is a physicist who has been explaining his science to undergraduates for decades.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CAT board's proposal for a 5-year renewal of its management of Fayetteville's cable-access television station rejected because it was turned in one minute late

Jim Bemis forwarded the following email:

The City has rejected the proposal turned in by Community Access Television due to the proposal being submitted after the deadline.  The City will issue a revised RFP for a provider for public access television services in the near future.  Hopefully we will be able to re-issue the RFP this week or next week.  I apologize for my delayed response.


Andrea Foren, CPPB
City of Fayetteville, Purchasing Agent
113 W. Mountain
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-8220
TDD (Telecommunications
Device for the Deaf): (479) 521-1316

In a phone call Wednesday morning, Ms. Foren confirmed her email to Mr. Bemis. She said that her office clock is get on the atomic clock system.

Interestingly, my home computer seems to show "atomic clock time" while television broadcasts through Cox Cable appear to use a system about 6 to 9 minutes later.
Maybe the CAT representative who delivered the RFP to the city purchasing office was walking over on television time.

Friday, August 6, 2010