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Insight: Hey, that's not fair

Mon, 11/06/2000 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Insight Communications is not pleased with the city of Louisville, Ky. The city has awarded Knology a cable franchise, giving the company the go-ahead to overbuild Insight's cable system there under different terms than Insight got. Insight has filed a legal challenge to Louisville's move.

After careful legal review, Insight's lawyers have concluded that the overbuilder's franchise is substantially different from Insight's operating terms.

"The city is obligated, under the terms of their franchise with us, to franchise a competitor under substantially similar terms," Insight president Michael Willner said.

The suit, filed Nov. 3, noted that Knology was granted a 15-yearterm, while Insight has a 12-year franchise. Insight must resolve franchise disputes in 60 days or less; the competitor was granted 18 months. Further, Knology was given a longer build-out schedule than Insight's timetable for its rebuild.

Knology hasn't responded to the suit yet, which was filed in Jefferson Circuit Court.

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