City Council to Discuss Charter Cable TV Dispute
The Rochester City Council is expected to discuss Monday whether the City Council will go after Charter Communications for violating the terms of its franchise agreement. Second Ward City Council Member Michael Wojcik says he plans to bring up the issue during Monday’s meeting of the Council as a Committee of the Whole.
City Attorney Terry Adkins says Charter has moved 5 public access channels on its cable TV system in violation of its agreement. Although Charter contends it doesn’t need the city’s permission to make the move, Adkins says the company is facing a penalty of $150 per violation, per day.
The City Council had asked Charter not to move the channels when it agreed to extend the franchise agreement on a temporary basis. Adkins says the city of St. Cloud recently filed a notice of violation with Charter over the same issue but the case hasn’t been resolved yet.