As 2011 begins the Burlington Telecom death spiral continues. The magnitude of the problem now is such that the various actors in this tragi-comedy can no longer hide behind glib platitudes about "cash-flow-positivity" being imminent or fatuous claims about how a municipal telecom utility would actually contribute revenue to the city's coffers.
Instead, fingers are being pointed and recriminations fly. But, I really think that I have said all I have to say on this squalid situation -- there's "nothing more to to write", to quote the original, unredacted, unexpurgated version of Huck Finn.
As a parting shot, however, I would say that the various actors in this story are incompetent, reckless hacks who are not qualified to sell cellphone accessories at a mall kiosk. . . let alone trying to build a viable telecom utility.
From the time of its original inception, Burlington Telecom has turned out to be a heady, frothy bad-tasting cocktail consisting of dangerously naive and wishful thinking, arrogance and egotism, reckless disregard for unpleasant fiscal realities, bad governance, and voter apathy.