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A small portion of the delinquent service fees owed by Comcast Cable was paid recently to the city of West Point, but since receiving that payment the city has not received a dime of the large balance remaining.
In their Jan. 8 meeting, the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen granted Comcast a 45-day extension of time to pay the $6,000 franchise fee owed to the cityâ€™s general fund and to enter into a contract through which Comcast would pay $15 per pole attachment.
A few weeks ago the city did receive a $6,000 payment from Comcast, but Water and Light Department Superintendent Dwight Prisock said itâ€™s been nearly a month since the city has heard from Comcast or received delinquent payment for utility pole attachments. Since 1960 Comcast has paid only $1.50 per pole attachment in the city of West Point, but Prisock said that is about $13 less than the present rate per pole attachment.
In December the city wrote Comcast a letter requiring that the cable provider send a check for $23 per pole attachment for pole rentals in 2011, 2012 and 2013 or sign and return the contract with the city. Upon receiving a signed contract from Comcast the city of West Point would re-invoice the company for $15 per pole attachment instead of $23 per pole. Comcast currently has 1,691 attachments on city-owned electrical poles throughout West Point.
As of Monday the city still has not received a signed contract from Comcast or any pole attachment payments from 2011, 2012 or 2013. The new deadline granted to Comcast is inching close, and if Comcast doesnâ€™t send payment for pole attachments or send the signed contract by the deadline the city may take action to remove all Comcast attachments from the cityâ€™s utility poles. If this happens Comcast cable customers may have to consider Dish Network, Direct TV or AT&T for television and Internet services.