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An Open Letter to SitNews Readers

KPU Telecommunications: Why Sell?
By Karl Amylon
On Behalf of the Ketchikan City Council


February 27, 2010
Saturday AM

On April 6th 2010, a special election will ask voters to vote 'Yes' or 'No', regarding authorizing the City to negotiate a sale of the KPU Telecommunications Division. The Ketchikan City Council recommends a 'Yes' vote.

Over time I have noticed a number of letters posted on SitNews regarding KPU Telecommunications, especially as it relates to the proposed sale. The purpose of this letter is to advise SitNews readers that over the next several weeks the City will be publishing a series of newspaper articles discussing the proposed sale. However, you should also know that the complete series of articles is compiled and available for viewing on-line at

The articles explore questions frequently asked about the proposed sale, including:

  • Why does the City of Ketchikan own the local telephone company?
  • What's changed? Why do we keep investing millions of dollars in KPU Telecom if we might sell? KPU Telecom has been doing a great job. Why should we sell?
  • What challenges does KPU Telecom face?
  • Is it true that KPU Telecom subsidizes Water and Electric rates? If so, what happens to Water and Electric rates if we sell KPU Telecom?
  • What happens to the KPU Telecom Division employees?
  • What happens to KPU Telecom's service and rates under new ownership?
  • What happens to KPU Telecom's quality of service?
  • How much is KPU Telecom worth? What is the process for selling?

KPU - It's your utility, your community, and your future. The decision to sell KPU Telecom will directly impact the City's financial health and your future. On behalf of the City Council I encourage SitNews readers to read the article on this topic at and to vote 'Yes' in the special election on April 6th, 2010.

Very truly yours,

Karl R. Amylon
Ketchikan, AK

Received February 26, 2009 - Published February 27, 2010



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