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 thatâ€™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.
“â€śWeâ€™ve sort of decided in Tompkins County that when we can take care of it ourselves, thatâ€™s better than trying to rely on federal and state local government,â€ť Engman said. â€śThey seem so dysfunctional in the past few years, and weâ€™re just trying to solve our own problems.â€ť
Engman said a better deal likely wonâ€™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 theyâ€™re owed $40,000 in back payments.