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Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

Congratulations on finding one consumer criticism of Ting. What does that tell us? Absolutely nothing. Do you think we could not find one single consumer complaint against BT?

And by the way, your consumer is complaining about being charged $89 per month for 1000 mbps -- ten times the capacity she was getting from her old provider. $89 per month is not high, esp. for that level of speed.

Really, this is your argument for keeping BT local? This is the best you can do? Really?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/19/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (10/18/17)

"Our mission is to bring people together . . ."

And your hyperaggressive, accusatory attack on Seven Days is directly contrary to your own mission statement.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/19/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

"The City's transfer of funds to support BT was not only legal, it was explicitly allowed by the Public Service Board in BT's CPG."

I believe this is not true. The CPG says that the City cannot put taxpayer funds at risk (i.e., make loans to, or invest in, BT). That's what happened. That's why it was done in secret. Leopold admitted that he knew he wasn't supposed to do it.

The reason he got through the civil suit is NOT because the transfer didn't violate the CPG. It's because he was found not to have acted in a way that benefitted himself personally (which is true). Read Judge Toor's decision dismissing the suit. In fact, she made clear in her decision that transferring the funds was improper.

And by the way, investing in BT -- in violation of the existing CPG -- is exactly what KBTL is asking the City to do now. Which is one of the several reasons I believe that the KBTL bid couldn't possibly be approved by the PUC. For the City to accept a bid that can't win PUC approval (or at least has a good chance of not winning that approval), is absolute folly.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/18/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

"I cant understand why the Co-op would choose to borrow money at a 14% interest rate"

Because they had no choice. They can't get that $10 million anywhere else at a better rate than 14%.

Which tells you either that the lender has no faith in KBTL, or that the lender is actually HOPING that BT defaults on the loan so that it can foreclose on BT, just like Citibank did 7 years ago.

Which is why no one in god's name should support this bid.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/17/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Keep BT Local, Ting Picked as Finalists to Buy Burlington Telecom

Congratulations. Six craven councilors caved to the mob of Burlington comministas in favor of a bid that is a joke. The Internet is not a grocery store, and even City Market would never take out a $10 million loan at 14% interest from an out of state lender.

And isnt one of the Social Justice Warriors pictured in one of the photos in this article someone who should be in jail right now for defacing public property a week or so ago?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/17/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist Takes Aim at 'White Supremacist' Mural

Actually, what it's long past time for is this, for white Marina Brown to stop patting herself on the back for calling everyone else racists, to stop using the word "racit", to stop condemning liberals (of which certainly she is one), and to stop posting the same self-righteous rant twice.

And to stop running for every office in Vermont every 2 years.


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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/13/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Max Tracy, Burlington's Most Outspoken Prog, Pulls No Punches

Max Tracy + 50 years = Albert Petrarca.? An ancient, irrelevant "social justice warrior" wandering Burlington's streets looking for trouble to cause so he can feel relevant?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 10/12/2017 at 10:05 AM

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