News

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.

Recent Headlines

in Sports, Viral Videos

WATCH: Ohio State football players ‘dummy’ prank

24-overlay17

This Nike uniform "mannequin" did a better job bringing quarterback Cardale Jones to the ground than any Oregon player.

in Music

Rob Zombie returns to haunt Chicago

robzombie

The rockers Great American Nightmare includes portions based on Zombie's movies.

in Viral Videos

Orangutan is a big fan of this mom-to-be

24-overlay16

This pregnant woman's trip to the zoo was a one-of-a-kind experience.

in Music

DJ Ashba quits Guns N’ Roses

djashba

The guitarist has quit the legendary band after six years in the line-up.

in Music

Dave Grohl credits Led Zeppelin for helping him heal leg

davegrohl

The Foo Fighters frontman is regaining the strength in his broken leg with a rigorous physiotherapy routine.