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Friday, May 31, 2002


AT&T license transferred by default

On May 21, the Carlisle Board of Selectmen voted to take no formal action on the request to transfer the town's cable TV license from AT&T Broadband to AT&T/ComCast, thus allowing the license to transfer by default. The license transfer was needed as a result of the recent merger of AT&T Broadband, the former license holder, with ComCast.

The five-year license with AT&T Broadband was signed by the selectmen on October 12, 2001, and it stipulates that Carlisle's town-wide cable network will be upgraded from 450 MHz to 750 MHz capability within 24 months of that date. If AT&T/ComCast does not meet the deadline, the agreement states that the town would receive a performance bond of $300,000. The cable network upgrade would provide a means of high-speed Internet access. (For more details, see "Carlisle and AT&T Broadband renew cable license" by Ellen Miller in the October 19, 2001 issue, on the web at, or in the library.)

Darice Wareham, chair of the Carlisle Cable Communications Advisory Committee, recommended the selectmen close the public hearing and take no action as a way of expressing concern over the way AT&T has negotiated with the town in the past. The selectmen also agreed to send a letter to AT&T/ComCast outlining the board's concerns.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito