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Contract disputes at heart of Ohio State and Verizon disagreement

Football and Wi-Fi -- these two seem to go together these days. While attending a football game, many Ohio fans enjoy taking pictures and posting comments on-line. This allows them to see who else may be at the game and meet up with friends. In addition, some fans enjoy keeping up with the scores of other games while attending one. Several years ago, Ohio State recognized the need to provide Wi-Fi service for its fans; they did not realize that this endeavor would result in contract disputes over the coming years.

In 2012, Ohio State contracted with Verizon to provide Wi-Fi service to the football stadium. Apparently, this service was never provided. Recently, a push to have this service in place before 2018 was again put into motion. However, these plans were set aside at a recent trustees meeting. According to at least one individual associated with the university, these new plans would not be necessary if Verizon fulfilled its contractual obligations under the 2012 contract.

According to a Verizon representative, however, the specific terms of the contract are unclear. They claim that the university's demands that the Wi-Fi be installed are cost prohibitive and not an actual part of the contract. It appears that this contract dispute will require legal intervention in order for it to be settled.

Contract disputes can easily happen. As a result, it is often in the Ohio business owner's best interest to have contracts reviewed by legal counsel prior to their execution. This can save time and money down the road by making sure that the terms of the contract are clearly spelled out.

Source: elevenwarriors.com, "Report: Ohio State Sues Verizon Over Horseshoe Wi-Fi", D.J. Byrnes, June 22, 2017

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