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Durham Asks Court to Order Time Warner Government Channel

The county says it asked the company to provide the channel and did not get it. The complaint says state law requires a second public/education/government ("PEG") channel.

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham County has filed an action in Superior Court against Time Warner Cable to get the company to provide a Public/Education/Government (PEG) channel on its cable service.

Durham's complaint cites a state law requiring government access channels.

The complaint, filed Feb. 29, also notes that Durham County has submitted in writing a request of Time Warner to provide a second PEG channel to be dedicated for government use.

Durham County has the use of one channel for education (Cable Channel 4), however there is not a dedicated government access channel. Durham County is seeking immediate compliance in court hoping to compel Time Warner to provide the second PEG channel.

Time Warner Cable issued the following statement: “It is premature to comment until we have seen the lawsuit and had time to review it. We have been working for months with both the city and county to provide Public Access channels. We already have two access channels on the basic tier cable system, as required by law. It is Time Warner Cable’s position we are operating in full compliance with applicable law.”

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