Grant Sarver October 1, 2020

Finally something every American can agree on: Tuesday night’s presidential debate was a disaster. Both candidates talked over each other and spoke out of turn. An analysis found that President Trump made 71 of the 93 interruptions. Even multiple GOP Senators thought the debate was, “exhausting,” “awful,” and a, “s***show.” Perhaps the government and its leaders could use a little help when it comes to communicating. 

In fact, governments at every level are asking for help communicating. The vast bureaucracy of the United States government requires it. With communication technology always advancing, there is always room to improve. With that, there are numerous communications contracts out there.

Indian River County, Florida, is soliciting bids for its annual bid for telecommunication systems equipment, material, supplies, maintenance, and installation. The work has been broken down into five groups with bidders allowed to apply to as many groups as they wish. These groups include Technical Labor, Fiber Optic Cable, Multi-Pair Cables, NexusWorx Application, & OSP Construction Conduit, Pull Boxes and Junction Boxes. The contract will last through September 30, 2021 with two one-year renewals available. Bids for this opportunity are due October 22.


Eugene, Oregon, is requesting statements of qualifications for communication systems consultants. The city is compiling a pool of qualified consultants for future projects. Should a communications project arise, the city will refer to the list, and if an appropriate provider is available, the city may choose to enter into a contract with them. Statements are due by October 9.

Miscommunication can lead to a multitude of preventable problems. The lack of respect and civility during Tuesday’s debate is a disgrace to the American people. We must make our voices heard, metaphorically and physically, from the bottom up through voting and government contracting.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.