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Comcast blasts EPB-backed bill that could raise fees on utilities

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Carolyn Guffey of AT&T works on co-located circuits for fiber optic cable going to the EPB distribution center. Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press files Carolyn Guffey of AT&T works on co-located circuits for fiber optic cable going to the EPB distribution center. Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press files

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Chattanooga-area cable customers could see their bills rise more than $13 per year under a worst-case scenario if a new law is approved by state legislators.

The law would position Tennessee as the most expensive state for private companies to hang wires on public utility poles, making the Volunteer State more than four times more costly than the national average.

"Certainly wherever you have a fee that's imposed at the government level, customers bear those costs," said Andy Macke, vice president for government and community affairs at Comcast.

The bill's backers claim such fees would keep energy rates low and force cable companies to pay their fair share of infrastructure expenses.

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