Calif. City Drops Time Warner Complaint

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The city of Santa Clarita, Calif., withdrew a lawsuit against Time Warner Cable over the transfer of its customers to Comcast as part of the companies’ Adelphia Communications acquisition.

City officials said the suit was dropped because the transfer was completed, rendering the situation moot. The Los Angeles suburb had objected to the transfer without city consent.

The city and Time Warner settled an earlier dispute, over franchise fees, in 2004. The settlement encompassed a combination of direct monetary compensation to the city and in-kind cable advertising as a co-sponsor for city events over a four-year period, city technology-services manager Kevin Tonoian said.

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