AT&T Broadband said 89 percent of the local authorities that must
transfer its franchises to AT&T Comcast Corp. have agreed to do so.
Los Angeles remains one of the big holdouts, but the city's Information
Technology Agency recommended Wednesday that its board of IT commissioners
approve the transfer with conditions.
The Los Angeles recommendation comes despite the fact that the city uses the
same outside auditing firm -- Ashbaugh & Sculco -- as Tom Creighton, the
Midwest attorney who continues to advise his clients against the merger.
Broward County, Fla., and Pittsburgh also approved transfers this week, but
both are problematic for AT&T Broadband.
Broward's vote was conditioned on the release of more info from AT&T
Broadband about how much it's spending on upgrades (the county alleged that the
MSO wasn't upgrading minority neighborhoods). AT&T Broadband has until
Friday to agree or approval will be denied.
Pittsburgh's mayor wanted a no-layoffs condition removed from the transfer,
but the City Council rescinded his veto.
One of AT&T Broadband's biggest transfer challenges is Nashville, Tenn.,
one of Creighton's clients. That city may not act on the transfer until