Man who won’t be ‘bullied’ holds up neighborhood Internet upgrade

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LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- A backyard dispute is keeping residents of one Colorado neighborhood from getting an Internet upgrade.

A neighbor is refusing to allow workers access into his backyard to install fiber optics cables unless he gets paid.

Andrew O'Connor said, "It’s about a big corporation bullying people and trying to run over people.” The Lafayette resident says he is not allowing Comcast in his backyard to install higher quality fiber optics on principle.

He says the company was unprofessional when they first asked to install the upgrade.

Now he says it will take much more than an apology. It will take cold, hard cash.

He says Comcast has told his neighbors he's the one holding up their Internet upgrades.

Comcast sent KDVR this statement about this dispute:

“We are in Lafayette doing work to bring fiber closer to homes as part of our Advanced Fiber Network project. This will benefit the city and its residents with enhanced network capacity, speed and reliability. We have an existing franchise agreement with the City that gives us clear authority to access valid rights of way and easements to maintain or upgrade our infrastructure to ensure our customers’ broadband and communications services are not negatively impacted. We are working directly with the City to enforce those rights, and to educate this resident so we can complete our work in the area. As part of this project, we’ve been providing regular and ongoing communications to residents in Lafayette in advance of work in their area – and information is available on the Lafayette website as well.”

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  • Mac Woods

    “And to ‘educate’ this resident”. That’s all I needed to read. Rock on brother. I mean where is this? Beijing? Comcast is easily the largest criminal organization on Earth. Eventually, their competition will destroy them. Comcast has been feverishly spending all the money they had built up in savings since about 1983. They’re going through nearly 40 years of savings in less than 3 years. Look for Comcast to fall on hard times, right after Sears gasps their last breath.

  • Tj

    Yes, the cable company is doing the upgrade out of the goodness of their hearts so that everyone can have better internet service. It’s not so that they can make millions more and still raise cable prices to the masses is it? So tired of these companies running over the average person so they can keep raising the average person’s bill — electric company is guilty of this, the gas company, republic garbage, etc. — and those companies are always doing their dirty deeds ” for the betterment of the masses.” Hope this guy gets money!

  • smileysarmory

    Same problem with the Power Companies – disrespectful to the homeowners who pay the tax on the land as well. Damage the home owners property and don’t give a damn. Nearly 0 repercussions for them.

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