Burlington City Councilors delay Burlington Telecom vote til next Monday

Burlington, Vt. - Burlington City Councilors decided at Monday night's meeting to delay a vote until Nov. 6 for a finalist in the sale of Burlington Telecom.

It is between "Keep BT Local" and Ting-Tucows. They were offering $12 million and $27 million respectively.

In executive session, they learned Councilor Karin Paul had a conflict of interest. She recused herself from the vote.

The public was able to voice their opinions, on an issue that divided residents.

"This is all very straightforward to anyone looking at a balance sheet, and it's not if you're looking at it from a passion standpoint. I passionately believe in local, but I more passionately believe in good, sustainable telecom," said one person at the meeting.

"I do not believe that Ting has the best interest of our community at heart. As a multi-national, investor-owned utility that is traded publicly, they're bound to meet fiduciary needs other shareholders first, and Burlingtonians last," said another resident at the meeting.

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