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Judge denies dismissal of Mediacom suit against W.D.M. over fiber broadband network


Polk County judge will allow a lawsuit filed by Mediacom against the city of West Des Moines to continue after West Des Moines filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in January. The judge granted the partial dismissal of the first claim, in which Mediacom alleged the city’s use of the Urban Renewal Program to designate the majority of the city as an “economic development area” is in violation of Iowa code. The court denied the city’s request to dismiss four more claims. Mediacom alleges in the lawsuit that the city’s nearly $50 million high-speed broadband access plan with Google Fiber improperly offers a significant competitive edge to Google Fiber over other broadband providers. Construction on the fiber optic conduit network is expected to begin this fall.

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