Comcast Wins $13M Cable Costs Spat With Mass. City

Law360, New York (August 17, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT) -- Comcast Communications Inc. has the contractual right to pass about $12.9 million in costs related to public, governmental and educational cable access on to some 40,000 customers in Springfield, Mass., a Massachusetts state court has ruled.

The unanimous opinion, handed down Monday in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, affirmed a 2008 decision made by the state's Department of Telecommunications and Cable.

Since January 2000, when Springfield and Philadelphia-based Comcast renewed a cable license, Comcast had impermissibly been passing through the charges, referred to as "franchise-related...
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