Lansing, MI – The Michigan Public Service Commission today took action against two telecommunications companies for possible violations of the Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act.

Negaunee Cable Co. and Martell Cable Service Inc. were ordered to show why the companies should not be found to have violated Public Act 480 of 2006.

Public Act 480 requires video and cable providers to submit annual reports to the Commission, which neither Negaunee Cable (Case No. U-20505) nor Martell Cable (Case No. U-20504) has done despite numerous requests from MPSC Staff. Neither have the companies responded to requests by MPSC Staff for information needed for the Commission’s annual report on the Status of Competition for Video Services in Michigan.

Negaunee Cable, which serves Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula, informally notified MPSC Staff that it planned to stop providing cable service as of November 2018. However, the company has not explained to the Commission 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 to the MPSC, as it was ordered to do so, copies of updated documents the company filed with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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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