Although we have lost millions of dollars with these shenanigans, the real losers are these rural communities that could lose their broadband networks.
Tampa, Fla. (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
Rapid Systems, Inc. has filed a $25 million lawsuit against The Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, LLC, and several other named defendants, for allegedly failing to pay the company for services in connection to the development and management of a new broadband infrastructure which connected Hardee County to several surrounding rural areas. Rapid Systems alleges that The Florida Rural Broad Alliance (“FRBA”) was awarded millions of dollars in federal grant monies to build a broadband infrastructure for disadvantaged rural counties in northwest Florida, including Hardee, but failed to pay Rapid Systems after they performed the work.
“The goal was to link up economically disadvantaged rural communities to public sector providers through what is called the ‘Middle Mile’”, says Dan Nicholas, shareholder of Nicholas & Bell, PA, and lead attorney for Rapid Systems. “The result was improved internet services, many of which have never been available to these towns located within Florida’s Northwest Area of Critical Economic Concern (NWRACEC) and the South Central Area of Critical Economic Concern (SCRACEC).”
The Complaint, filed in Hardee County on April 19th (25-CA-2013-000279), states that monies given to FRBA were used to pay inflated salaries to employees who then fled to South America and inflated fees to consulting companies also owned by FRBA principals. Rapid System alleges these same individuals engaged attorneys to manipulate and provide misleading legal advice to Rapid Systems in order to prevent the company from receiving payment. The Complaint goes on to claim that FRBA misapplied funds clearly budgeted for the work performed by instead paying law firms large retainers to intimidate and thwart vendors efforts to receive payment for their services. The Complaint further alleges that FRBA conspired with public officials, specifically county commissioner Grady Johnson, a director and member of FRBA, to defame Rapid Systems in the court of public opinion. According to Rapid System’s president, Dustin Jurman, “Although we have lost millions of dollars with these shenanigans, the real losers are these rural communities that could lose their broadband networks.”
According to Daniel Nicholas, “The end game of FRBA seems clear from the start. In contrast to FRBA, our end game is to expose the truth of what has transpired, and bring justice to those communities being affected.”
About Rapid Systems:
Rapid Systems, Inc., a company created by Denise Hamilton and Dustin Jurman, brother and sister, is a full service internet and information technology company that specializes in providing wireless broadband engineering and installation services. Rapid Systems Recently completed the wireless broadband network built for Hardee County, Florida, with the assistance of the Industrial Development Authority.
About Nicholas & Bell, PA:
Nicholas & Bell, P.A., is a full service business litigation law firm located in Tampa, Florida. With over 60 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Nicholas & Bell are commercial trial specialists with a client centered practice. Nicholas & Bell has created a boutique law firm focused on personal attention to its select clientele.
Nicholas & Bell, PA
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Tampa, Florida 33602
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