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Roundtable forum held over telecomm contracts

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - While problems continue to surround the Government of Guam's telecommunications service contract, a roundtable was held late this afternoon to discuss the matter. GTA TeleGuam's Dan Tydingco along with Pacific Data Systems' John Day spoke during the roundtable.

Tydingco noted that 22 agencies that were awarded to a competitor came back to GTA, asking for help including the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, which asked GTA not to cut off its phone services, despite not having a contract because the other provider had not yet rendered the services.

He said, "If you do this is going to have a cascading affect, he's going to have to contact the airlines, he's going to have to contact immigration, the airport, the same with me. We're going to have to shut down operations here; we may not be able to process passengers, we may have to shut down operations over at Andersen [Air Force Base] for clearance, at Naval Station and the Port Authority, so we didn't."

Day, however, disputed the claims, saying, "So When GTA sits over there and says they don't know what they're doing and they can't provide the service, that's not the case. These services cannot be provided immediately and the incumbent GTA is the one that the most part is providing the services and has been providing the services historically. So they do have the capability to provide them immediately."

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