Friday, December 10, 2004

Time Warner Cable sues to stop Missouri muni fiber build-out

The Kansas City Star reports here (free registration required) that Time Warner Cable has filed a federal lawsuit to prevent North Kansas City, MO, from building a fiber to the premises project in that city.

This is an interesting suit. It accuses the city of not being honest about their intentions. According to the story, Missouri law requires a vote of the people in order for municipalities to get into the cable business. North Kansas City says it wants the network for data and voice. Time Warner Cable says the city fully intends to get into the cable business at some point in the future, but is hiding its true intentions in order to circumvent the public vote requirement.

Imagine that. A cable company demanding truth in packaging! It's a mad tea party in Missouri!

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