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Lee County reaches agreement with Mediacom

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Lee County and their cable provider Mediacom have reached a deal on franchise fees.

For years the county and Mediacom have been back and forth over fees after a county audit found Mediacom over charged customers more than $109,000 in 2005 and 2006. They gave customers a rebate, but then over discounted customers by $55,000 and then wanted the county or customers to pay for the mistake. After withholding the money from the county, Interim County Administrator Al Crace finally real a deal for Medicom to pay the money back.

"We'll consider it closed when the check is received and cashed and deposited in the general fund for the public. It's the public's money, it belongs to the government and it needs to be paid promptly," said Al Crace, Interim Lee County Administrator.

Mediacom also owes Albany thousands in franchise fees and is working on a deal to donate their old building in exchange for forgiving the debt. Crace encourages other local governments to keep up with the cable company's franchise fees.

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