Charter to be Louisville's cable provider following Comcast-TWC merger

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Charter Communications, Louisville’s cable TV provider, claims Metro government gives favorable treatment to its competitors Google Fiber and AT&T while keeping Charter  “under the yoke of an extensive and burdensome regulatory regime,” according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

Charter is asking a U.S. District Court judge to declare that Metro government violates its constitutional rights by subjecting the company to an uneven playing field against its competitors – one that allows Google and AT&T to provide “the same video services with virtually no regulatory burdens or intrusion.” (A copy of the lawsuit is below).

Charter took over Louisville’s cable market in May after buying Time Warner Cable.

The company said in the lawsuit that it has complained about unfavorable treatment from Metro government since June, but that the city “politely” declined to make any changes in an August letter.

Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer, declined to comment.

This lawsuit comes eight moths after AT&T sued the city to stop an ordinance the Metro Council passed to make it easier for new broadband providers like Google Fiber to attach their equipment to utility poles.

In that federal suit, AT&T said the city does not have the authority to permit a third party like Google Fiber to remove, alter or move AT&T’s equipment on utility poles, as the city’s “One Touch Make Ready” ordinance purports to allow.

That lawsuit is pending.

This story will be updated.

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