BANGOR  — Two companies are appealing a Public Utilities Commission contract that was awarded to FairPoint Communications Inc. to upgrade Maine’s 911 communications system.

The PUC awarded a $32 million NextGen 911 contract to FairPoint on June 6. The PUC originally awarded the contract to FairPoint in January, but that decision was invalidated when the Maine Bureau of General Services concluded there were irregularities in how the bids were scored.

Lewiston-based Oxford Networks and Colorado-based Intrado, whose bids were lower than FairPoint’s, have filed appeals to the latest contract, claiming it was unfairly awarded.

PUC Chairman Thomas Welch told the Bangor Daily News that the contract award was fair.

The Bureau of General Services will hold appeal hearings Aug. 29-31.

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