Mayor Weinberger Statement on City Council’s Actions to Select Burlington Telecom Finalist
Burlington, VT – Today Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement regarding the City Council’s actions on November 28, 2017 to select a finalist in the Burlington Telecom sale.
“While I was as surprised as anyone by last night’s outcome, I am relieved that after weeks of uncertainty, the City Council has finally selected a winner that does not breach prior Council-approved Burlington Telecom agreements that would have exposed the City and taxpayers to another round of lawsuits. With last night’s vote, we are now in a position to close the book on Burlington Telecom’s decade of financial challenges and achieve long-term benefits for BT customers, taxpayers and the City.
“I again thank the Keep Burlington Telecom Local leaders and committed volunteers for their unflagging engagement, which helped shape and improve the offers that came before the Council. I want to thank Ting for showing Burlington how transparent and responsive a company it is over the last few months. Most importantly, I thank our Burlington Telecom employees, who have made BT the growing, successful business it is today, and who have handled this challenging situation with great professionalism.
“In the coming days, I will be working hard on behalf of Burlingtonians and BT employees to negotiate in writing what Todd Schurz and Faisal Nisar verbally committed to at last night’s City Council meeting. I will ensure that the final agreement includes clear provisions regarding internet affordability, customer service, net neutrality, bridging the Digital Divide, and other items that reflect our community’s values. I look forward to finishing this important job for the people of Burlington in the months ahead.”
November 28, 2017
Contact: Katie Vane