Modesto City Council Fines Comcast For Not Grounding
The Modesto City Council is not happy. Apparently Comcast didn't heed the warning given by Steve Johnson, Time Warner Cable, and Neil Serafin, Parallel Technologies, in a Cable World article from July 2001, Powering Through the Drop: Ensure Your Telephony System is NEC-Compliant
"Compliance with NEC will keep your franchise authority happy and protect your technicians and customers from contact with potential electrical hazards."
Fines of $1.08 to $2.15 million plus additional daily fees will be considered.
Read the full story in The Modesto Bee:Comcast could face city fine
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Ground Wires omg, I can't believe this....
I just saw an ad for Comcast Digital cable.
It went something like this:
They show 'n tell all the equipment YOU need to install to get satellite tv.
Then they say "this is all you need to install digital cable" and show a phone.
Q: GUESS WHAT ONE OF THE ITEMS NEEDED FOR A DISH INSTALLATION IS?
A: A ground wire.
They actually say:
"A ground wire, whatever that is."
* wonders if this commercial airs in Modesto *
Los Angeles, CA
Modesto City Council: Penalties on Comcast My firm serves as Modesto's cable TV inspectors. We first discovered the lack of grounding several years ago.
For a rather complete history of the grounding failures in Modesto, please visit
and follow the Modesto link. You'll find some amazing information in the Staff Report, and the Council resolution, including the fact that City Council authorized the City Attorney to file suit against Comcast. Read the information...it's all there.
This is a national issue, so for the MCMD people, you might want to go ahead and talk to my friend Bob H, or talk with Jane L.
I'd be interested in your feedback. Also, for those of you with access to the SCTE-LIST, you'll be interested in the posts over regarding Modesto, grounding, and the like over the past 7 days.
Jonathan Kramer, JD, FSCTE, FIAE