Mediacom accused of under-reporting lines attached to utility poles

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Utility giant Ameren Corp. is accusing Mediacom Communications of under-reporting the number of telecommunications lines that it has attached to its utility poles in Missouri.

The company's Union Electric subsidiary filed a lawsuit in which it demands that the cable MSO pay it about $934,000 in unpaid pole-attachment fees. A contract Mediacom signed with Union Electric in 2004 calls for the company to pay higher pole-attachment fees for lines that carry telephone and high-speed Internet services compared to lines that only carry cable TV signals.

In a lawsuit that was filed on Oct. 14 in Boone County Circuit Court, Ameren claims that Mediacom has failed to report or has under-reported the number of lines that carry its triple-play of video, voice and high-speed Internet service to subscribers.

Officials at Mediacom declined to comment on the suit.

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