By law, the MLP may be governed by either a group of elected individuals (a Light Plant Board) or the Select Board, itself. Because new WiredWest MLPs will primarily be acting as cooperative members and are unlikely to take significant actions independently, it may be most efficient for the Select Board to govern directly. However,
- The AG and IG offices have stated that telecom MLP’s must be governed by a board to become exempt from the provisions of the 30B procurement laws (applies to goods and services, but not construction).
- An MLP board is answerable to the ratepayers (subscribers) not to the taxpayers in town; so it creates a better separation-of-responsibilities. For this reason, WiredWest recommends that the MLP board be comprised of different people than the board of selectmen in the town. Here is a sample Warrant article for creating an MLP Board.