Telecom application for Gables cables ruled incomplete
Gables commissioners have put off consideration of a license agreement
between a telecommunications company and the city to operate a phone
and Internet system.
deferred action because the company won't disclose certain information
on its application, officials said.
York based-Metromedia Fiber Network Services Inc. submitted an "incomplete"
application to Jack Eads, Coral Gables city manager, requesting to
use the city's public rights-of-way for telecommunication cables.
officials say they won't approve Metromedia's request until all information
in the application is complete.
Jim Barker last week addressed company representative Janna Lhota,
a partner with the law firm Holland & Knight. "Why should I vote
for this since you haven't answered our questions," Mr. Barker
said. "It appears to me that you just want to fast-track."
Lhota said there are state and federal "guidelines as to what
we can disclose."
plans to lay fiber-optic cables underground throughout the Gables
in order to provide the area with telephone and Internet services,
said Alberto Delgado, director of the Gables public works department.
to the company's application, executives anticipate the project to
take one to two years.
officers objected to answering about 10 questions, including whether
the company has been engaged in litigation with any local government.
also refused to answer questions regarding financial background, shareholder
information and proposed rates of service once the project is complete.
Delgado said the licensing agreement with Metromedia would give the
company use of the right-of-way if they agree with the terms of the
city, which include a $2,500 application fee plus 1% of the company's
revenues from telephone and Internet service.
commissioners say they won't budge until the company answers all questions
in the application.
commission is expected to consider the matter again in July, Mr. Delgado
has permission to use the public rights-of-way in Miami Springs, West
Miami and Miami Shores to provide telecommunications services there,
according to the company's Gables application.