a. In addition to the purposes set forth in section 1 of P.L.1999, c. 440 (C.40A:11-4.1), a local contracting unit may use the competitive contracting provisions set forth
in the “Local Public Contracts Law,” P.L.1971, c. 198 (C.40A:11-1 et seq.) as modified under this section, in lieu of public bidding, for the purpose of entering
into a contract pursuant to subsection b. of section 2 of this act 1 concerning broadband telecommunications infrastructure for the provision of broadband
telecommunications service via a wireless community network.
b. Contracts awarded pursuant to this section may be for a term not to exceed seven
years, however, a contact awarded pursuant to this section may be extended for an
additional term of three years by mutual agreement of the parties to the contract
if the ability to extend was set forth in the original request for proposals documentation.
c. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 5 of P.L.1999, c. 440 (C.40A:11-4.5) to the contrary, after proposals have been evaluated pursuant to subsection d. of
that section, the purchasing agent or counsel or administrator may issue an interim
report recommending that specific details be negotiated further with one or more of
the potential vendors who submitted a proposal for the purpose of modifying the original
proposal. After the conclusion of negotiations, and evaluation of all proposals as modified
in accordance with this subsection, the purchasing agent or counsel or administrator
shall prepare a final report evaluating proposals and recommending the award of a
contract or contracts in accordance with the provisions of section 5 of P.L.1999, c. 440 (C.40A:11-4.5) that are not contrary to the provisions of this subsection.
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