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Comments for: With no appeals filed, FairPoint secures job to upgrade state’s 911 system

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  • No!

    • Anonymous

      Yes !

      • Fairpoint stinks… they got in trouble years ago for screwing up 911

  • Anonymous

    Maine , Open For Business !!

    • maineiac123

      Open for business? This is taxpayer money you’re talking about and frankly it’s a waste.

      • Anonymous

        The door to the “Candy Store” is open for those with good lobbyists
        and shrewd lawyers.
        A friend in office doesnt hurt either.

      • Anonymous

        Which part is a waste, the upgrades to include text messages and video? It may sound that way on the surface, however I would imagine that the 911 caller who cannot verbalize their emergency would differ. There are times when a victim of a home invasion or abused spouse cannot “talk” on the phone, but can send a text. In some areas you can’t talk on a cell phone, but a text will get through. A bystander capturing a photo or video of a crime, a suspect or suspect vehicle or other emergency could be sent through in almost real time to assist dispatchers in determining the most appropriate response. Will it get abused? Most certainly, just as the current system in place is on an almost daily basis. How would I know any of this? I am a 911 dispatcher here in Maine and have had calls where the new technology would have been a great asset for information gathering.

        • maineiac123

          The system “works” now, or at least as well as Fiarpoint permits it. How many times has a victim of a home invasion or abused spouse not been able to talk but could send a text? This is merely fanciful thinking to find an excuse to waste even more tax-payer money, especially in a time when we’re running a deficit.

  • Superuser23

    MPUC and Fairpoint, stuck like glue, up each others rears, sleeping in the same bed, whatever you want to call it. Maybe this is what the end of the world means, allowing Fairpoint to run the 911 systems. You really didn’t think the PUC would allow someone else the contract after all the screw ups Fairpoint has done had you?

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that if the state tried they could probably find a worse provider than Fairpoint for this. But they’d have to try pretty hard, and they probably wouldn’t be all that much worse. Fairpoint adheres to the lowest possible standard for crappy service.

  • Anonymous

    Why any telecommunications company would bid against FairPoint for any upgrades in the telephone system in Maine with the current Maine Public Utilities Commission members is beyond my comprehension. Even if their bids are substantially lower (e.g., FairPoint bid $32.4 million for the project while Intrado bid $27.8 million and Oxford bid $24.9 million.), FairPoint will still be awarded the project. I have said it before, It appears that the MPUC members are in cahoots with FairPoint and they are not truly representing the residents of Maine. An independent investigation of the MPUC needs to be initiated sooner rather than later.

  • Anonymous

    This ought to be good. I’ve not seen them succeed in doing the simple things. If I have an emergency, I plan to yell loudly, and hope my voice carries.

  • Anonymous

    Why go out to bid if you already know who you will pick? Maine “the way life should be” NOT.

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