Queen Anne’s County cuts con­tract with FTS Fiber

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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.”

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