New York town wants accounting of franchise fees paid by Time Warner

In what could become a nationwide trend for cash-strapped communities, the North Tonawanda, N.Y. Cable Television Advisory Board is calling for a state audit of fees the city receives from Time Warner Cable to make sure it's getting everything it's supposed to get.

Board Chairman Mark Houghton said the audit will determine whether the city's actually getting 5 percent of whatever Time Warner Cable makes locally--especially since nothing's really been checked since TWC took over for former franchisee Adelphia Communications. "They're inherently bound to abide by the Adelphia contract until it's over," said Houghton.

On another front, the cable board is still trying to determine whether Verizon has plans to offer FiOS or not. "The cable board has called them and they have not returned our calls," said board member Suzann Chank.

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