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GTA CEO apologizes to governor

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - GTA TeleGuam responded to Governor Felix Camacho's call for the termination of the company's CEO, Dan Moffat, and executive vice-president of external affairs, Dan Tydingco.  The dispute centers on the recent award of $8 million dollars to local telecommunications company IT&E.  The company was awarded phase one of a federal grant to develop infrastructure for Guam and the region. 

Over the weekend a post was made on the blog StimulatingBroadband.com, alleging the governor wrote an endorsement letter to the federal government, resulting in IT&E being awarded the $8 million stimulus grant to develop telecom infrastructure for Guam and the region.

The blog further insinuated the company got preferential treatment because the Governor's brother worked there. 

On Monday the governor held a press conference defending his brother's 15-year career with IT&E, saying he will not benefit from the federal dollars coming in.  The governor added he did not provide any endorsements to the recent $8 million award, and that all efforts from Adelup were actually given to allow for an endorsement for the second phase of the grant.

While Governor Camacho believes GTA was behind the allegations and post made on StimulatingBroadband.com, he also alleges he was recently confronted by Moffat, who threatened him that if he did not rescind his endorsement, then close to 150 jobs at GTA would be on the line.

Moffat in a press release issued today stated, "GTA TeleGuam was surprised that web site StimulatingBroadband.Com published a report exposing that the governor's brother is employed by IT&E, sparking local media interest.  GTA TeleGuam responded to requests for a reaction from local media on Guam.  There's of course nothing inappropriate with individuals related to the governor or others in his office seeking or holding employment with IT&E or any other company.  But we think such relationships to the Governor's Office should have been disclosed in the spirit of government transparency.

"GTA TeleGuam believes that a broadband stimulus grant for Guam is unneeded and inappropriate as they contend the island has "one of the most extensive communications networks in the United States and the broadband penetration rate on the island is among the highest in the country."

Moffat went on to state, "At no time did GTA TeleGuam level personal attacks or threats against the Governor or his brother.  If Governor Camacho interpreted our reaction as a personal attack, I personally apologize to him and his family."

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