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Tompkins officials negotiating with Comcast over better cable deal

Tompkins officials negotiating with Comcast over better cable deal

Comcast argues its proposed $45 billion deal to merge the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable operators would not hurt consumers since the companies overlap geographically in very few places. Photo: Reuters Photo: WHCU

Cities and towns in Tompkins County have formed a joint commission to try and get a better deal from cable provider Comcast.

The cable company is looking to purchase Time Warner Cable in a deal that’s still under review.

More than a dozen municipalities in the county are trying to get some leverage in negotiations, according to Ithaca Town Supervisor Herb Engman.

““We’ve sort of decided in Tompkins County that when we can take care of it ourselves, that’s better than trying to rely on federal and state local government,” Engman said. “They seem so dysfunctional in the past few years, and we’re just trying to solve our own problems.”

Engman said a better deal likely won’t end up in better rates for county residents.

Meanwhile, Engman says the town of Ithaca continues to be involved in a lawsuit with Time Warner Cable.

The town alleges the cable giant that they’re owed $40,000 in back payments.

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