The deal that nobody knew about

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- Members of the Hattiesburg cable advisory board were livid Friday evening, after learning the City Council quietly passed a new cable franchise agreement over two months ago.

Three of the five advisory board members told Seven on your Side Friday they had no idea the city had passed the new franchise agreement with Comcast. In fact, board member Ken Smith says he has attended several meetings at City Hall over the last few weeks and no one had mentioned its passage.

The city appointed advisory board had opposed the new franchise contract citing poor customer service between Comcast and its customers. Smith called the passage a slap in the face of the advisory board and said he was very displeased with the city administration.

Board member Leon Pringle told us "The city made a gross mistake and the changes are a detriment to citizens." Pringle said he didn't learn of the August 16th passage of the agreement until the manager of Comcast told him about it this week.

City Clerk, Eddie Myers, told Seven on your Side that the agreement was left off the August 16th city council agenda by mistake...and was added on the day of the meeting.

The agreement with Comcast is a five year contract with the same 4% franchise fee to the city.

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