Queen Anne’s County cuts contract with FTS Fiber
CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County will no longer pursue contract negotiations with Broadband firm FTS Fiber. During the Sept. 26 commission meeting, the board signed a letter to the firm terminating negotiations to bring broadband to Queen Anne’s County.
“While we understand that FTS is still pursuing funding for this and other projects, we feel that it is in both parties, best interest to terminate this project and our involvement with FTS now to avoid further project delays. We wish you and FTS the best of luck as you restructure and move forward,” the notification letter stated.
County Commissioner Mark Anderson said, “When the county solicited and received requests from firms to bring more businesses and citizens connectivity to internet, FTS was the recommendation of a citizen panel and in house internet staff based upon technical service. During the FTS contract presentations before the county commissioners, questions were asked about the lack of standard performance bond protections. FTS said they could not provide a performance bond. The county commissioners made this tentative agreement conditioned on FTS providing other security for the county’s $6- to $8-million investment. FTS was unable to provide this security. The county commissioners acted to disengage further discussions with FTS so as to move on with exploring opportunities to provide this service.”