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5 Hub cable advisory board members resign over Comcast agreement

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Several longtime members of the Hattiesburg Cable Advisory Board have resigned over a new franchise agreement with Comcast Cable that one board member has called a "detriment to citizens." 5 of the 7 board members announced their resignations Saturday morning. They are Chairman Ken Smith, Leon Pringle, Brown Miller, James Duncan and Jack Harris.

The board members are upset with the Hattiesburg City Council and the city administration over an agreement it signed with Comcast in August.

The board had opposed it and all 5 members who resigned said they only recently learned that the city council had voted on the new agreement. 

"That was nothing more than a slap in the face to citizens who participate and volunteer their time to do something for the citizens of Hattiesburg," said Ken Smith. "It's not for us individually. We did this on good faith, trying to improve the cable service in Hattiesburg," Smith said.

"While there are some things in it that they did not approve of, we appreciate all that they've done for the city and their service and understand their decision and needing to get this business done, the council felt comfortable enough to approve the document and then that's where we are today," said John Brown, assistant to Mayor Johnny Dupree of Hattiesburg.

Brown said Mayor Dupree and the city council will get together at a later date to discuss filling the vacant positions on the board.

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