An arrangement that would have switched cable operations in the Tri-Cities from Charter Communications to Comcast is off.
Comcast sent a letter to Pasco on April 27 notifying the city that a deal was off because Comcast pulled out of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.
Charter planned to trade its Northwest operations, including franchises in the Tri-Cities, to Comcast as part of a tradeoff where Comcast would have given up some of its franchises in the Midwest and Southeast in hopes of meeting federal regulations.
“It is not necessary for you to take any further action at this time,” wrote Klayton F. Fennell, Comcast’s senior vice president for government affairs.
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Comcast’s letter was addressed to Gary Crutchfield, who retired as Pasco city manager in June 2014.
The cities of Pasco, Richland, West Richland and Kennewick all approved the transfer from Charter to Comcast last year. Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins opposed it, pointing to Comcast’s low ranking in customer service surveys.