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Springfield and Comcast in contract dispute

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback
The Republican / masslive.com
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, in a file photo from 2018.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he's denying Comcast's bid to renew its license to operate the city's cable television system, but customers may not notice the disagreement.

The contract runs out on Sunday, but Sarno, in a statement, said there will be no disruption to TV service while negotiations continue. This dispute does not involve Comcast’s internet service, according to the company.

The mayor did not specify any sticking points which have held up an agreement, saying only that he “will continue to stand up and fight for what is in the best interest for our City of Springfield and our residents and business community, especially for our seniors and students”.

Sarno's spokesperson did not respond to requests looking for clarification on Thursday.

In a separate statement, Comcast did not directly address Sarno's actions. The company thanked the mayor and his team for their efforts towards reaching a deal.

“Comcast is a good corporate citizen and continues to bring our innovative technology to the city, work with city leaders to bridge the digital divide and enhance our customer service,” the statement said, before touting the company’s charitable work in the area.

This isn't the first dispute between Comcast and the city during Sarno's administration. Springfield sued the company in 2009 for breach of contract, with a settlement reached about three years later.

According to a press release from that time, the city was to receive more than $1.4 million in the deal.

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