license pact deferred again by Gables
Sherri C. Ranta
additional information, Coral Gables commissioners again deferred
approval of a license agreement between the city and Metromedia Fiber
Network Services Inc., a telecommunications company wanting to wire
the city for Internet and telephone services.
voted 5-0 Tuesday to defer action on the agreement and instead asked
company officials for additional information, including a financial
statement and colored drawings of the planned installation of underground
cables in the city.
officials have been asked to meet with each commissioner before the
City Manager David Brown said commissioners wanted to see colored
renderings of the proposed routes.
think you could understand, the mayor and commission want to get a
handle on what they will do. When the streets get torn up, the commissioners
get the calls," Mr. Brown said.
Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli said he wanted to know specifically which
streets the company would tear up to lay fiber-optic cable.
Ambrus, company spokesperson, said it would be difficult to provide
the commission with those specifics until his firm could obtain permits
from the city to begin engineering.
we can do anything," he said, "we need your approval."
the proposed license agreement with the city, Metromedia would lay
underground fiber-optic cables throughout the Gables, a one- to two-year
project, according to the company's application. Under terms of the
license, the company would pay the city a $2,500 application fee plus
1% of the company's gross revenues from telephone and Internet services.
deferred approval in June, saying they wanted more information. After
that, Metromedia supplied the city with a 67-page financial statement
and other information, city officials said.
Jim Barker said he met with Metromedia representatives after the June
commission meeting to discuss the project and is satisfied with the
company's response to the city.
he said, he is also interested in seeing the drawings. With all the
conditions met, Mr. Barker said, he didn't see any reason the commission
shouldn't approve the proposal.
South serves Coral Gables with telephone service. Nextlink of South
Florida, MCI Worldcom and Teleport Communications Group, affiliated
with AT&T, also have license agreements with the city for telecommunications
services. Nextlink of South Florida and MCI Worldcom have construction
permits, said Lina Hickman, a city civil engineer.