Mike Kanarick 
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Re: “Burlington Telecom Deal Faces State Scrutiny

I am writing to correct the factually inaccurate lead of Kevin Kelley’s blog post that was published on July 23 and then updated, but not corrected, on July 25 after Seven Days was notified of the error.

Kelley’s post regarding the Burlington Telecom (BT) regulatory proceedings in front of the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) begins, “Aggressive questioning by state regulators on Tuesday revealed that Burlington officials did not try to determine the market value of the city-owned telecommunications network prior to agreeing to sell it to a local businessman for $6 million.”

In fact, the day-long hearing – as well as extensive related written testimony – documented exactly the opposite: that the Weinberger Administration spent nearly two years working to secure as much value as the market would bear for BT.

The Weinberger Administration ultimately succeeded in this effort – despite the considerable legal, regulatory, political, and economic complexity surrounding BT – and secured two competitive financing proposals for $6 million. This financing is an essential element of the settlement agreement with Citibank that, if approved by the PSB, will both lift the financial cloud that has hung over the City for nearly five years, and give the City up to four years to find as good a long-term resolution of BT as possible (despite the many grave mistakes made with BT before 2010 that put any future for BT in jeopardy prior to the settlement).

For further information regarding the BT Settlement Agreement and Bridge Financing proposal please see these links:

http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Press/Mayor-Miro-Weinberger-Announces-Major-Breakthrough-in-Burlington-Telecom-Litigation

http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Press/Mayor-Miro-Weinberger-Announces-Major-Milestone-in-BT-Settlement

Sincerely,

Mike Kanarick
Chief of Staff to Mayor Miro Weinberger

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Posted by Mike Kanarick on 07/27/2014 at 10:36 PM

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