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OpenBand serves Loudoun County with lawsuit

Broadband telecommunications provider OpenBand served Loudoun County with a complaint Wednesday, less than a day after the county Board of Supervisors voted to deny a franchise agreement between the county and the Dulles-based company.

The board’s vote Tuesday marked the second time that the franchise has been denied by county supervisors. The previous board rejected an earlier version of the proposal in November; it was then resubmitted to the newly-elected board earlier this year.

After the November vote, OpenBand filed a complaint against the board in Loudoun County Circuit Court, seeking to overturn the decision on the grounds that the company had demonstrated compliance with the existing agreement and industry standards, attained high approval ratings, received successful results from an independent audit and made generous concessions during the contract negotiation process.

At the time, OpenBand spokesman Ben Young said that the company hoped to avoid litigation and would continue to pursue negotiations to resolve the matter.

But shortly after the second rejection of the agreement this week, OpenBand moved forward with the complaint— the latest development in the lengthy and litigious saga between OpenBand, its eastern Loudoun customers and the county board over concerns about the firm’s service and competitive practices.

Young did not respond to requests for comment.

Anna Nissinen, spokeswoman for Loudoun County, said the county would not comment on pending litigation.

Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.



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