Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appeared on CN2 Pure Politics to discuss a variety of issues, including the pending hospital merger, permits for Occupy Louisville protestors and the city’s contract negotiations with Insight Communications.
In regards to the ongoing talks with the cable company provider, the mayor said Metro Government wants a fair deal on a new franchise agreement based on what other cities have received but that Insight is too focused on its potential purchase by cable giant Time Warner, Inc. for an estimated $3 billion.
Asked if he’s prepared to cut off cable service for residents if the negotiations fail, Fischer says that would be Insight’s decision but threatened Metro Government could pull out.
“That’s not normally what happens. A new provider would come in, but we’re certainly prepared to terminate the franchise. Don’t want to! We want them to come to the table, but we’re having a hard time just even talking to them. I think they’re so caught up in this deal of Insight being purchased by Time Warner they’re remembering there are some open issues with us here,” he says.
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