Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Montgomery Council Committee to Discuss Fiber Optic Franchise on Thu., June 17

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 16, 2010—The Montgomery County Council’s Management and Fiscal Policy (MFP) Committee on Thursday, June 17, will discuss a proposal that would allow Level 3 Communications, LLC to construct a fiber optic telecommunications network in the County.

The MFP Committee, which is chaired by Duchy Trachtenberg and includes Councilmembers Valerie Ervin and Nancy Navarro, will meet at 3 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

The proposed franchise agreement with Level 3 Communications would be for an initial 15-year term. The County reserves the right to charge Level 3 up to 5 percent of its gross revenues or another amount set by County law or resolution. County Executive Isiah Leggett has recommended approval of the franchise agreement.

Level 3 has previously acquired existing facilities in the County’s right-of-way from three telecommunications companies that had franchise agreements with the County: KMC Telecom III, LLC; Looking Glass Networks, Inc.; and Williams Communications, Inc.

The MFP Committee also will address proposed Bill 30-10 that would provide same sex benefits for employees of local fire and rescue departments (LFRD). For many years, the local departments have employed certain personnel to support their operations. Currently there are 19 employees who could be covered by the legislation.

Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-777-7939 / Delphine Harriston 240-777-7931

No comments:

Post a Comment