A decision on transferring AT&T Broadband's Broward County, Fla.,
franchise to Comcast Corp. will be delayed until July 2 while the parties
continue to negotiate an upgrade schedule.
Commissioners recently received a report claiming that AT&T Broadband has
upgraded only more affluent, white neighborhoods in unincorporated areas. After
that report, officials demanded a complete upgrade as the major concession in
exchange for transfer approval.
AT&T Broadband executives agreed to a countywide upgrade Tuesday. The new
sticking point is how quickly it will happen. The county wants it done by March
2004, while the MSO would like it to be later that year.
Negotiations as to how much the operator would be fined for missing the