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KPU Telecom Sale
By Michael Naab


May 09, 2009

Reading the recent letters from Charles Edwardson and Rudy McGillvray, one might assume that the sale of KPU's Telecommunications Division is a foregone conclusion. Not so. Here are some facts:

On May 15, 2008, the City Council directed the City Manager to execute a brokerage services agreement with Falkenberg Capital Corporation. This agreement contains two phases, each requiring separate Council

Only Phase 1, the Initial Evaluation Phase, was authorized by the Council. It called for thorough examination and analysis of the financial and operating performance, regulatory environment, competitive situation, etc., relating to the Telecommunications Division; development of a series of possible courses of action for the utility; and recommendation of a particular course to follow.

On September 3, 2008, Falkenberg delivered its report, which recommended sale of the Telecommunications Division, to the Council. On September 30, an abbreviated version of the report, minus financial information that could give advantage to competitors or potential buyers, was released to the public and the press. The report can be found on the Home Page of the City's website,

The City Council has not yet discussed in detail, nor has it taken any action on, Falkenberg's recommendation to sell the Telecommunications Division. A special, public meeting of the Council for that purpose has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th, at 7:00 p.m. Persons who are interested in this issue should plan to attend

If the Council decides not to pursue a sale, then the issue will be dead. If the Council favors a sale, the issue will be put before the voters of the City of Ketchikan in a ballot measure. Even if the Council takes no
position on the sale, they may put the issue before the voters. Either way, there will be no sale of the publicly-owned KPU Telecommunications Division without approval by the voters.

That's hardly a done deal.

Michael Naab
Pennock Island, AK

Received May 08, 2008 - Published May 09, 2009


Related Viewpoint:

letter KPU ADVISORY BOARD By Charles Edwardson

letter Re: KPU (Telephone Division) By Alan R. (Rudy) McGillvray

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