(Updated with revised edition on November 30, 2017)
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to demonstrate the towns’ intention to participate in the WiredWest Regional Broadband Management Plan. It allows us to design optimized regional backhaul connections that will minimize costs for the member towns and maximize resilience of the network. The number of towns and the degree of adjacency help to bring the costs down. Knowing that other towns have made this commitment will instill confidence that towns will be able to enjoy the mutual benefits of regional management once networks are built. Signing early will help us in planning the network. Towns that do not sign by December 15, 2017 will lose voting privileges until they sign either this MOU or a contract for services once available.
In response to feedback about the original Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between member town Municipal Light Plants (MLPs) and WiredWest, the version posted below was approved by the Board of Directors October 18 and is the latest version. Town MLPs that have signed the earlier version of the MOU will automatically receive the more favorable terms to those signers, under the provision in Article 1.
It is important to distinguish between the MOU and the Term Sheet. The MOU is an agreement to negotiate the terms in the term sheet that will ultimately be in the contract between WW and the each town. So if a town wants to negotiate the terms of the contract they first need to sign the MOU. Only those towns that have signed an MOU have the right to negotiate the terms of the contract. Signing the contract does not signify the approval or disapproval of anything In the term sheet.