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Monday, January 26, 2004

 

Washington: Settlement of suit against Grant County PUD delayed

"The settlement of a lawsuit against the Grant County PUD [Public Utility District] to obtain public records has been delayed for two more months. Steve Beckett, a Grant County Internet service provider who has criticized PUD management after conducting a thorough search of public records, filed suit against the PUD, alleging public documents were not provided in a timely manner, or sometimes at all ..."

"... PUD attorneys have argued that the district made every effort to comply with Beckett's voluminous requests. In total, Beckett has requested 266,000 pages of public documents, for which the PUD has had to hire two additional contract employees, according to court documents. The costs incurred by the PUD have been about $80,000, including about $17,000 for the contract employees alone, according to the documents. 'The suit has not resulted in the production of a single document not otherwise produced,' David Sonn, a PUD attorney, wrote in a brief."

Not covered in the article is when Beckett intends to read all this stuff. The suit is in connection with Beckett's criticism of the PUD's Zipp FTTH (fiber to the home) network.

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