URGENT! - Verizon Bill Statehous Hearing May 18, 2011
The Verizon legislation which was filed in 2009 has returned in 2011. A date of May 18, 2011 has been set for a Statehouse Hearing in Boston.
Talking points are currently being generated regarding this issue.
One quick elevator summation - Verizon wants to limit contract negotiation periods to approximately 95 days. Typical contracts currently often take 3 years. If you can imagine mobilizing your local government to assess,negotiate, and sign a contract in 95 days, the problem here may be evident.
In 2009, Massachusetts community media centers mobilized a group of bodies to present evidence at a similar hearing. That legislation died on the floor of the committee. It's important that we try to mobilize support from with our group and, as importantly, our own constituencies who utilize and benefit from our services...
the community at large
...essentially anyone with which you have a relationship can either testify or, at the least, offer a phone call, letter, email.
In addition, and importantly, the Senate Chair of the committee is from Western Mass - Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield (Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin counties). It's important for Western Mass, and especially for those communities he represents and who have connections to him.
Also on the committee is Representative Michael Knapik of Westfield.who represents areas of Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, Blandford, Chester, Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southwick, Tolland, Easthampton and Southampton.
If we can generate enough critical mass interest in Western Mass we could consider renting a bus to travel to Boston on that day. I realize I recently sent a notice indicating interest to meet regarding broadband issues, but given this new and sudden timeline, is there interest to meet earlier to talk about this issue?