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County reaches settlement with Charter

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Charter Communications has agreed to pay $286,285 in a settlement agreement with San Luis Obispo County, County Counsel Warren Jensen announced following a Nov. 9 closed session meeting.

Jensen wasn’t available for further comment as of press time, but Deputy County Counsel Tim McNulty said in an e-mail to New Times the settlement was over “franchise fee payments made by Charter to the County between 2005 and 2010 pursuant to a franchise agreement allowing Charter to operate its cable system within the unincorporated public rights of way of the County.

“There was an alleged miscalculation of the number of unincorporated customers that resulted in an alleged underpayment to the County,” he added.

The case never went to court, and the settlement is not an admission of guilt by either party, according to county officials.

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