Comcast, St. Paul Reach Deal

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Comcast Corp. and St. Paul, Minn., are on good terms again.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday that the city has agreed to stop collecting fees on Comcast high-speed-data customers and to extend the operator’s franchise from 2008 until 2013.

In return, the Pioneer Press said, the MSO will provide the city with a fully equipped television studio, to be built in the basement of City Hall, and it will move public-access channel St. Paul Neighborhood Network into new downtown headquarters.

Comcast's roughly 50,000 subscribers in St. Paul won't see an impact on their monthly bills, as the company is still obligated to collect a 5% franchise fee on cable services that goes to the city.

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