Comcast Sues Calif. City Over Fine


Comcast Corp. reacted to a recent $1 million fine by the central California
city of Modesto by filing a suit in federal court to block the city’s action,
which came after the operator allegedly failed to fix cable plant that
threatened to give its cable subscribers electrical shocks.

Comcast filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
California in Fresno against the city and its council.

Negotiations continue between the city and the operator to resolve issues
related to cable drops that the city asserted are improperly grounded, a Comcast
spokesman said. The suit was filed to reserve Comcast’s rights in the event that
talks are unsuccessful, spokeswoman Susan Gonzales said.

Modesto fined the company for failure to remedy the grounding issues by a
spring deadline. The fines will continue to accrue and escalate until the
company can repair them, and local executives said that will take 18 months.
Comcast officials said they believe the fines are unreasonable.

The suit seeks injunctive relief from the city’s order. The suit, filed June
30, has been assigned to a judge and is currently calendared for