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Comcast service could be affected by failure to pay DREMC attachment fees

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

DREMC: Cable company is delinquent two years


Duck River Electric Membership Corp. members who are Comcast subscribers in Franklin and Moore counties could have their cable television service interrupted indefinitely if the co-op is forced to disconnect power supplies and remove equipment for non-payment of pole attachment fees.

LOGO Duck River ElectricNotice was sent to Comcast that its facilities on DREMC poles are subject to removal unless overdue fees are paid.

“Comcast has not paid pole attachment fees for two years,” said DREMC President/CEO Michael Watson. “We presume that over this period Comcast used these attachments to derive profit from services sold to customers.”

To ensure that DREMC members do not subsidize Comcast or others, the co-op charges an attachment fee that fairly reflects the cost of dedicating a portion of each pole for use by telephone, cable TV or other non-electric service providers.

Duck River sent notice to Comcast that its cable and other equipment should be removed from all poles owned by the co-op.

If this has not occurred and the overdue pole attachment fees have not been paid: (1.) electric service will be disconnected to Comcast power supplies, and (2.) the process of Comcast equipment removal will begin under the co-op’s direction. Comcast will be billed for the expense of equipment removal.

This action could affect several thousand co-op members who receive cable television and other services from Comcast. Subscribers should contact Comcast to voice their concern about possible curtailment of service, according to DREMC’s Watson.

“We hope it does not become necessary for Duck River to take these steps. However, Comcast has given no indication that it intends to pay the delinquent pole attachment fees,” said Watson.