Burlington Telecom

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
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During its November 6th meeting, the Burlington City Council deadlocked while trying to choose a buyer for its cable and broadband provider Burlington Telecom.  So it passed a resolution asking the two finalists to develop a joint partnership.   If they failed, the council would reopen bids to two previous bidders.  At last night’s meeting, the council adopted a process to choose from among the original four would-be buyers.

Keep Burlington Telecom Local supporter holding sign
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The future of the City of Burlington’s municipally owned internet and telephone utility remains uncertain after two parties failed to reach an agreement on a collaborative purchasing and operations effort.

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
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The future of the city-owned utility in Vermont’s largest city remains unclear. After extended debate and two rounds of deadlocked votes last night, the Burlington City Council approved a resolution requesting the two finalists seeking to buy Burlington Telecom develop a joint venture.

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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The Burlington City Council tonight will once again consider which of two bidders - Keep Burlington Telecom Local KBTL or Ting/Tucows  - will be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom, the city’s municipally-owned cable and internet provider.

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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Meeting last night, the Burlington City Council was scheduled to decide which of two bidders for the city’s municipally owned cable and internet provider would be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom.  But after some  twists the panel postponed the vote.

Burlington City Council hears comment from the public on Burlington Telecom sale at 10-16-17 meeting
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The Burlington City Council narrowed the number of bidders seeking to buy Burlington Telecom to two on Monday night.  The council faced an auditorium filled with residents supporting the only local bidder – a co-op that councilors and the mayor have expressed some hesitancy over.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (left) and Burlington Telecom Advisory Board Chair David Provost
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Burlington’s mayor has offered his recommendation for which finalists he believes the City Council should advance the final round of consideration as the city sells its telecommunications service.

Governor Phil Scott (at podium) joins Burlington officials to announce new Burlington Telecom program
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Burlington Telecom and city officials have announced a new program to get high-speed internet access to more low-income city residents.