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Daily Update for November 21, 2023
 

AT&T Broadband Gets Reprieve

Tustin, Calif. -- Rather than launching a denial or revocation proceeding, the City Council here has given AT&T Broadband 60 days to submit a revised franchise-renewal proposal.

Officials were swayed by a letter from the operator's lawyer indicating that company officials believed they were still in the informal-negotiation window and were surprised by the city's threat to take definitive action on refranchising.

Councilmembers are considering punitive action due to missed appointment windows, rude or unavailable customer-service representatives and spotty transmission.

But the greatest consumer ire will not be rectified by more phone lines and increased personnel -- changes volunteered Monday by AT&T Broadband executives.

Consumers are furious about an operating change that now requires converters on all sets that receive tiers beyond broadcast basic. The rental for the converters is about $4 per set Some who've accepted the boxes complained that they can't operate them.

"Oh, we're going to do better," councilman Mike Doyle said, mimicking the response he's gotten from the operator. "Please! Customer service -- that's all we're asking for!" he added, to the applause of the crowd at the meeting. "Put up, shut up or get out of town."

AT&T Broadband officials promised a "rigorous re-engineering" of operations by January.

- 11/21/00



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