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Tuesday, June 24, 2003


City of Modesto may fine Comcast over $1 million for safety violations

City of Modesto may fine Comcast over $1 million for safety violations

"Modesto officials want to fine Comcast Cable Communications more than $1 million for what the city says are thousands of connections that fall short of national electrical safety requirements. The violations, which involve the grounding of potential electrical current, have been around for decades."

Further into the article, Comcast dismisses the violations as "just technical". (If Comcast has not properly grounded their Modesto system, I can imagine their customers are wondering why they're replacing dead TVs so often -- bad cable TV grounding aggravates damage caused by electrical storms.)

When we design municipal fiber networks, we see cable TV companies routinely and cavalierly violating the National Electrical Safety Code requirements on anywhere from 10% to 30% of the poles we inspect. (This includes the work we did in Modesto for Modesto Irrigation District's fiber network.)


For a good picture of a poor cable TV installation (not necessarily in Modesto), see this link.


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