Becker Again Before City Council
The following was read at the Poplar Bluff City Council meeting during Citizen Input on July 6th, 2010.
My name is Brian Becker, I own Poplar Bluff Internet also known as semo.net. A month ago I stood before City Council asking for action. It’s now been 49 days of being prevented by City Cable to sign up new customers and in several instances over the past month, even lose the ones I already have.
Last month, Kerasotes Theater, a customer of 8 years, went to Municipal Utilities / City Cable to change their name & billing info to AMC Theaters. The theater manager was told that they couldn’t use semo.net anymore because they were starting a new account and semo.net can’t have any new customers. We were informed by city staff that Mr. Bach made that decision.
At today’s Municipal Utility Advisory Board meeting, Mr. Bach announced that the city hasn’t met with Bond Council yet. They have a conference call scheduled for Friday.
This issue of whether or not the city can continue to allow growth in the use of its network appears to have no sense of urgency to it. If this is threatening the tax-exempt status of our bonds, why would the city go an entire month without speaking to [legal] counsel?
How big of an issue could this be if it has taken 53 days to schedule a conference call?
The tax-exempt status on millions of dollars in bonds is in jeopardy…and no opinion has been rendered?
Either our city is acting irresponsibly…or, this bond compliance issue is not a real problem and is being used to harm semo.net.
This is causing irreparable harm to my company and I’ve been forced to incur heavy expense to retain counsel because of City Cable’s actions against semo.net.
We’ve been frustrated at every turn. And in my opinion, it is unconscionable that any business within the City of Poplar Bluff be treated as my company has been treated by this city.