Burlington, VT – Today Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement regarding the failure of Ting and KBTL to reach an agreement on a potential collaboration:
“I appreciate that both Ting and KBTL worked so hard to find common ground over the course of the week. I also want to thank former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle for stepping into the discussions at the suggestion of Councilor Ali Dieng and working creatively to find a way to combine Ting’s impressive proposal and track record with the benefits of increased local ownership. While I am disappointed that a Ting proposal to allow the co-op to own up to 20 percent of the new Burlington Telecom — in addition to the previously negotiated City ownership interest — narrowly failed to secure KBTL board approval, the effort speaks well of both organizations.
“The Council deadlock over its selected finalists and the failure of the collaboration effort put the future of Burlington Telecom and the City’s related interests in a precarious and uncertain position. I will be working closely with Councilors over the coming days to bring this challenging issue to resolution quickly and responsibly.”