Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Lebanon OKs deal to buy Bell bandwidth

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Despite pleas from residents and a local company, City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to buy bandwidth from Cincinnati Bell.

        “We have two young men here who are doing a wonderful job,” Councilwoman Jane Davenport said. “But we must make money.”

        Lebanon company Go Concepts had been selling the city bandwidth for its high-speed Internet service, but city staff decided its bid for a five-year contract was less attractive than Cincinnati Bell's. Bandwidth is what connects Lebanon with the Internet.

        Go Concepts President John Gambill Jr. told council Dec. 28 that he would save the city at least $32,000 over five years because he would guarantee 14 percent price reductions each year.

        But Councilman Mark Flick said Go Concepts' bid promised reductions of 4 percent to 14 percent each year. At just 4 percent reductions per year, he said, Go Concepts isn't as good a deal as Bell.

        Subscribers to the city's Internet service, also run by Go Concepts, have urged support for the company.


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