Monticello Update – Amicus granted to FTTH & NATOA

Sometimes when my mind drifts I think of Monticello and wonder how things are going there. You can follow the saga to some degree on the MN State Appellate court web site; the case number is A081928. It brings me back to my days working in law libraries – and reminds me that I didn’t love that work.

Here’s the latest news — both the FTTH (Fiber To the Home) Council and NATOA (National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors) have been granted Amicus which means the court has allowed them to have an opportunity to present their viewpoint by submitting Briefs (limited to 20 pages each).

As the courts point out, these organizations are most closely aligned with the City of Monticello. I think it’s going to be super interesting to see what they say. It appears as if a rule of an Amicus (or maybe just this Amicus) is that the news has to be new. So I’m hoping for something really good – something other towns can use to make their plans.

TDS/Bridgwater has been granted an opportunity to respond to the FTTH and NATOA reports and has 10 days from the time those reports are filed to do so.

I’ll keep my eye out for more.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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  1. Pingback: Update on Monticello – kind of « Blandin on Broadband

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