Comcast Blows Off First Responders in Michigan
August 10, 2007 3:54 PM
Shame on them. Something just hit my desk today, which really ticked me off. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, is cutting off its free cable service to police and fire stations throughout the state of Michigan, according to a PR Newswire story today. The hubris is beyond belief.
Michigan was one of several states to enact statewide franchises and apparently, there are some unintended consequences as local municipalities got cut out of the game. So here’s what happened. Comcast wrote a letter to Michigan regulators basically saying that it would no longer provide complimentary service across the state to police and fire departments. This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen in ages.
That’s largely because the state enacted a statewide law that cut off local authorities from regulating cable, and now Comcast seems to think it has the liberty to ignore many of its existing agreements to the locals.
We already know that Comcast and other large multiple system operators want to get out of PEG (public, educational government) commitments. I’ve seen it here where I live. But this move with first responders is beyond my comprehension.
So weigh in, is Comcast getting a little heady here?