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Wausau settles cable fee dispute with Charter


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau will receive $40,000 from Charter Communications to settle a dispute over unpaid cable fees.

The City Council approved the agreement 11-0 Tuesday. Charter must pay the amount within 45 days.

Wausau had sued Charter to collect $65,000 in PEG or public, educational and governmental fees that the city claims it was owed in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

The agreement allows Charter to pass on the settlement amount to subscribers as a line item on their bills.

City attorney Anne Jacobson would not comment on whether it was fair for Charter to pass fees along to subscribers but said it is legal.

“It is expressly understood and agreed that the settlement agreement represents full and complete satisfaction and compromise of all claims known or unknown as they relate to the above fee claims,” the agreement said.

City leaders have said their inability to collect on the PEG fees forced them to pull the plug on their two public access channels at the end of January. The channels now broadcast only City Council meetings, church services, some high school sports games and message boards.