Cox-Fairfax Deal in Works


Two months after Fairfax County, Va., began fining Cox Communications Inc. $2,000 per day for failing to upgrade its system, the MSO and county are close to reaching an agreement on a revised upgrade plan.

When Fairfax told Cox in July that it would fine the company $2,000 per day, the county said that the fines would be returned to Cox if it upgraded 95 percent of the 230,000-subscriber system by May.

Cox was also told to come up with a new upgrade schedule, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors plans to vote on the new schedule at a meeting today, said county director of cable communications and consumer protection Ron Mallard.

Cox Northern Virginia spokesman Alex Horwitz said the system "Sat down with the county and tried to iron out the upgrade schedule, and to try to come to an agreement. We're waiting to hear back from them."

As of last week, Cox had upgraded 70 percent of the system, Horwitz added.