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Subject:  Re: Municiple Regulation Date:  1/29/1999  4:30 PM
Author:  LuxSit Number:  3906 of 55215

The problem now is how to resolve the dispute satisfactorily.

You're right about getting resolution. This is where AT&T needs to get proactive right away. Management should send a letter to the Seattle City Council immeadiately outlining the actions that they will undertake after the TCI aquisition is completed. The letter should state that the new company will complete the upgrades per the franchise agreement within a reasonable time agreeable to both the City and AT&T. That areas heretofor ignored will be installed as part of the plan.

Failure of AT&T to start rebuilding the image of the company at the earliest opportunity could be a costly mistake not only for the shareholders of T and ATHM, but also the City of Seattle who has a lot to be gained by having AT&T involved with upgrading and implementing the new communications revolution in their City.

I can only hope that this is seen as important by the Managers at T and ATHM. They can turn what has been a low point into a public relations coup.

Anyone that thinks the city owned Cable System would be as beneficial to the citizens as a system owned and operated by AT&T is fooling themselves. Letting brand X cable company come in, especially City owned, would certaintly result in a system with far less potential then would be provided by AT&T.

I hope someone at AT&T/TCI/ATHM is reading this!

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