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Lake County Board to discuss fiber broadband partner

The Lake County Board on Monday is expected to to discuss the partner in its fiber broadband project, National Public Broadband. Members are meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Superior Lodge in Castle Danger to discuss a possible long-term contract wi...

The Lake County Board on Monday is expected to to discuss the partner in its fiber broadband project, National Public Broadband. Members are meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Superior Lodge in Castle Danger to discuss a possible long-term contract with the broadband group.

The board has been uneasy about the tie between National Public Broadband CEO Tim Nulty and a troubled telecom in Vermont. Nulty spoke to board members last week to make the case that he left Burlington telecom before its financial problems began.

The board could make a decision on whether to team with National Public Broadband permanently at its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse.

It's unclear if voting National Public Broadband out of the picture would end the project or set it back. Officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provided $66 million in a loan and grant for the $70 million project, said only a "significant change" would bring it to look at the application for those funds. It did not define what it would consider a significant change to pull the funding and had no comment on Nulty's

leadership.

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