Charter's suit: City giving other companies unfair edge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's largest cable and internet provider is suing the city for giving other companies what it says is an unfair advantage.
The Courier-Journal reports ( Charter Communications filed the federal lawsuit Friday, saying the city's separate franchise agreements violate the company's constitutional rights by allowing competitors Google and AT&T to operate under different rules while offering similar services.
The lawsuit states that unlike Google, Charter is required to provide free internet and cable to dozens of city buildings. The lawsuit also says the city imposes other burdensome regulations that affect Charter's ability to provide services to customers.
The move comes months after Charter asked Mayor Greg Fischer to ease the regulations, saying there was "no justification for different regulatory treatment." Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter declined to comment, citing pending litigation.


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