Hopkinsville v AT&T

Hopkinsville, KY – A lawsuit filed by the city of Hopkinsville against AT&T has been moved to federal court following a motion by the utility. The suit stems from an AT&T "U-Verse" plan, which would offer cable television through telephone lines. The city wants a judge to decide whether or not AT&T is required to obtain a local franchise agreement before providing the service to the area. The company argues it already has a franchise agreement in the Commonwealth dating back to 1886, which allows "telephone lines, exchanges and systems." The Kentucky New Era reports AT&T has already launched "U-Verse" in Louisville, for which it did not obtain a local franchise agreement.