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Verizon negotiations stall

Baldwinsville, Lysander and Van Buren officials have been working with Verizon since June to bring the company's services to greater Baldwinsville residents. Negotiations have stalled, however, due to details regarding Public Access Channel Baldwinsville (PAC-B).

The Federal Communications Commission requires Verizon contribute to the local channel, as Time Warner currently does through in-kind service and monetarily. Since Verizon doesn't do in-kind service, it was suggested they just give PAC-B money, which would help with operating costs at the volunteer run station.

According to Lysander Attorney David Twichell, terms had been agreed upon.

"They agreed to make money available [to PAC-B TV] and then they snatched it back," Twichell said at a recent board meeting.

Because of this delay, it is unlikely public hearings for the three municipalities will be set soon.

"All delays are attributable 100 percent to Verizon, not the municipalities in my opinion," Lysander Councilor Art Levy said. "I'm less than optimistic that we will conclude this by the end of the year."

When the municipalities were renegotiating their contract with Time Warner, the process took four years.

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