The National Park Service recently announced its intent to award a sole-source concession contract to a start-up company to provide wireless internet access in remote but developed areas of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. NPS has the ability to award concession contracts to a company it selects without any competition if it determines that extraordinary circumstances exist and compelling and equitable considerations justify the award. In this situation, NPS determined that a directed award was merited because the concessioner was willing to make a significant investment in providing wireless internet access in remote areas of Lake Mead NRA. NPS noted that the contract was likely to allow a pilot test of providing wireless internet services in these areas.
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