CUC files lawsuits against cable firms

Caribbean Utilities Company filed two writs late last week accusing Logic and C3 of using its utility poles to hang cable lines without permission, according to court documents.

CUC wants a restraining order to stop WesTel, Logic’s parent company, and Infinity Broadband, which operates as C3, from attaching cable equipment to the electric company’s utility poles.

Randy Merren, CEO at C3, said he had not seen the writ as of Tuesday, but confirmed his company was in a dispute resolution process with CUC through the Information and Communications Technology Authority.

Logic and CUC declined to comment on the dispute.

Logic and C3, along with LIME, are working to roll out fiber Internet and television lines across Grand Cayman. The new fiber lines can move more data, whether traditional television or streaming Netflix, at faster speeds.

All three service providers had been granted permission earlier to use CUC’s network of poles. C3 filed a complaint with ICTA in October, accusing DataLink, which manages the line placement on the poles for CUC, of giving Logic a better position on the poles that made it easier and safer for the competing company to put up fiber lines.

The dispute boils down to where each company can attach its equipment. The C3 complaint argues that the company has to install its lines higher than the others and closer to lines carrying electricity, requiring more work to get each pole ready.

The complaint accuses DataLink of putting the cost of work to get the poles ready on C3 and Logic.

DataLink, responding to the ICTA complaint, argues that there is no “worst position” on a pole as C3 maintains, and that covering the costs to prepare the poles depends on when each company applied to use the pole.

If C3 is the first company to apply to use a pole, it is required to pay to prepare that pole, the response states. But DataLink said it supports sharing the costs among the companies that want space on the poles.

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  1. I think that this issue need to be more closely looked at, the laws and the agreement between these companies and the Government. Because if one company can charge the other, guess who pays for in the end, the consumer.

  2. What about the birds, who is going to file against them? Every pole, every wire should be owned by the Cayman Islands. Once the technologies allows for another supplier to communicate or provide electricity without wires, none of those existing companies would want to pay for the removal of those infrastructures. Abandon facilities and factories are visible all over the world.