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State Orders Negaunee Cable Co. To Provide Required Documentation

The Michigan Public Service Commission is taking action against two telecommunications companies for possible violations of the Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act.

Negaunee Cable Company and Martell Cable Service were ordered to show why the companies should not be found to have violated a law requiring video and cable providers to submit annual reports to the Commission.

The commission charges that neither Negaunee Cable nor Martell Cable has done so despite numerous requests.

Negaunee Cable, which serves Marquette County, informally notified the state that it planned to stop providing cable service as of November 2018. However, the Commission says the company has not explained how the change would affect its customers or the City of Negaunee.

Martell Cable, which provides service to Vermontville and Nashville in central Michigan, also has not provided documentation to the commission, as it was ordered to do so.

Both companies were ordered to file by May 14 a response to the Commission’s show cause action, and appear at prehearing conferences on May 21.

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