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Council To Vote On Time Warner Ownership Transfer

Time Warner Cable is defending its record ahead of an Urban County Council vote to halt the transfer of ownership of the cable provider.

City leaders are airing their frustrations with Time Warner over what they say are unproductive negotiations with the cable giant. In a statement this week, Mayor Jim Gray took a hard line against the provider, saying the city has worked vigorously to hammer out the terms of a new franchise agreement and so far the company “has not been reasonable.”

But Time Warner is defending its track record in Lexington. Spokesman Mike Pedelty says customer service has improved under Time Warner’s watch.

"We have increased our internet speed for our most popular service by 50 percent. We've increased the capacity of our internet network by 250 percent. Our employees worked very hard to make sure the customers are getting a great experience," he says.

Still, the city says it's received no shortage of complaints about the provider.

Thursday, the Urban County Council could give their initial approval to two resolutions: one denying the transfer of ownership from Time Warner to Comcast and another that would seek to stop the transfer of Comcast operations to Charter.

The larger Time Warner/Comcast merger is under review by federal regulators.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.