Originally Posted by Belmont Information Tech Advisory Council minutes - 12/13/05
Verizon, the Cable Contract.
Jonathan Green reports:
There have been several meetings with Verizon. The most recent
meeting happened Monday. The lawyers are still doing all of the
talking, except this time they didn't even send their prime lawyer.
It is fair to say that the Verizon representative, who is not an
employee of Verizon, said that there is a lot of game playing
going on. Points that the Town and Verizon had verbally agreed
upon have been dropped by Verizon in the most recent contract
draft. "It's as if we are starting on square 1." There has been no
substantive discussion about the terms. It's all in the form of an
agreement---what the definitions should read in the preamble of the
Simson is confused. "I thought that they just wanted the same deal
that Comcast did."
Jonathan said that the level playing field clause in the Comcast
renewal doesn't give the Town a lot of choices. Verizon previously
said that they acknowledged this, but that the process seems to
have skewed out of control.
Lee says that at the last meeting, the people at the meeting who
were representing Verizon were not aware of the changes in the
document that they were also representing. They appeared to be
simply messengers. Nevertheless, the meeting went from 2:30 to
The next meeting is going to be on January 12th at 7pm.