Attend the Stop the Sale Rally on the Burlington Waterfront on June 2nd from noon - 3 pm near the Echo Science Center and the Burlington Boathouse.
The Mission statement from the website of the Vermont Public Service Board says, in part: “The Board’s mission is to ensure the provision of high quality public utility services in Vermont at minimum reasonable costs…consistent with the long-term public good of the state…by guiding the development of state utility policies and rules for public services to best serve the long-term interest of Vermont and its residents…”
Is it in the long term interest of Vermont and its residents to allow a relatively small company with limited resources, Fairpoint, to buy out one of the larger companies in the country, Verizon, and attempt to provide telephone service on a scale that is many, many times bigger than anything Fairpoint has ever provided before with Vermont telephone consumers as their guinea pigs.
Anyone looking at this proposal can easily see on the face of it that this is a “lose, lose” proposition for Vermonters. The question is: Will the PSB side with the Giant Corporation, Verizon, which seeks to sell the portion of its business that is not growing, so that it can plow its profits into the growing cell phone sector of the business? Or will the PSB side with Vermont ratepayers, who need and deserve reliable, land line telephone service?