Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum: 2017-11-20

Dear Neighbors,

I am writing this message to you from the Airport in Washington, DC to provide some updates around the sale of Burlington Telecom. I was attending a conference this weekend: the New American Leaders Elected to Office Power and Policy Conference. This conference was a huge opportunity for me, as I had the chance to interact with elected officials from immigrant backgrounds and learn how state and local governmental systems are set up around the nation, what are some challenges in other states and cities, how elected officials interact with the communities they serve, and most importantly, I shared the greatness of my city and state, our values and aspirations. It was truly an incredible experience for me. Thanks you Kesha Ram for expanding my horizon and exposure to other possibilities.

At the October 6th City Council meeting, after two tied votes, the council adopted a motion requesting the two final bidders, Keep Burlington Telecom Local group (KBTL) and Tucow/Ting the to create a joint venture proposal. Both parties worked together but could not come to a mutual agreement. Therefore, the council invited the original final four bidders; Keep Burlington Telecom Local (KBTL), Tucow/Ting, Schurz and ZRF to again submit their Letters of Interest by Monday, November 20th in order to allow the council time to review them before the final vote scheduled to take place on Monday, November 27th. During this process, we have an agreement that no councillor will contact any of the four bidders about their bids, and any questions we have for any particular bidder should go through Terry Dorman from Dorman & Fawcett. Mr. Dorman is helping the city with the negotiation and transaction of this sale process.

I would like to express my gratitude for the amount of engagement and respect despite the different points of views from community members on this issue. I truly hope that the community will keep staying involved, especially as we get closer to this finish line.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I am so grateful to be able to live, work and raise my family in Vermont. I have much gratitude to all Burlingtonians, especially New North Enders/Ward 7 residents for your trust and support in electing me as your representative. Have a wonderful holiday and hope to see some of you at the council meeting on the 27th at City Hall.

Please reach out with any questions

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