News : Worcester Manager to OK Comcast Takeover
Worcester, MA Nov 6, 2014 -- City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said he will approve Comcast Corp.'s request to take over the local cable television license from Charter Communications Inc.
After two extensions, Mr. Augustus said he signed off on the transfer after obtaining commitments to retain local jobs and provide local news programming.
Comcast agreed to maintain a Worcester call center that employs 150 for at least the next three years.
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Comcast has also agreed to continue a nightly news program.
Worcester is the 53rd and final community in Massachusetts to approve a franchise transfer from Charter to Comcast. The nation's largest cable television provide will become Worcester's cable provider under a complicated merger with Time Warner Cable.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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