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Gallatin County Sues Cable Company

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Gallatin County filed a lawsuit against a Georgia-based cable company because they have not taken care of exposed cable lines throughout the big sky community.

"I would say over five years we have been trying to resolve this issue and we've never been able to get them to act on it," said Suzan Scott, Big Sky Owners Association Executive Director.

Cable lines lie through backyards, over roads and draped under bridges in the Gallatin Canyon and Big Sky Zoning District.

The lines belong to Bulldog cable company based out of Georgia that offers phone service and cable TV to its customers.

For years, the Big Sky Owners Association has been receiving complaints from residents saying the company failed to bury the cable lines and today they remain exposed.

"Our members are concerned because some of the lines are crossing their property. They want those cables to not be exposed and to be buried," said Scott.

The Big Sky Owners Association filed a complaint with Gallatin County in 2011, citing the company violated Gallatin Canyon and Big Sky Zoning regulations which are "to preserve the district's scenic beauty and natural environment and promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the county residents."

In January 2012, a county inspector wrote a warning letter to the President of Bulldog saying their cable lines were running through multiple areas including Andesite Road, culverts at Sprucewood Drive and Moosewood Drive, Looking Glass and at the Two Moons Bridge.

The president responded saying "all existing violations would be remedied by July 15 2012."
Although Bulldog cable did take action at that time, lines still remain exposed.

A violation letter was sent to the company in February, which they did not respond to. The Big Sky Owners Associations last contact with Bulldog was this past June.

"In June, they said they were going to come and fix the cable and then that didn't happen," said Scott. "They've come here, got the cable lines and hauled them away. They have also buried some of the lines, but there are still some remaining lines that are not buried."

Gallatin County is asking that Bulldog remove or bury all exposed cables lines and reward the county for all expenses associated with the lawsuit.

ABC/FOX Montana did contact Bulldog cable company. The secretary said Bulldog's President just found out about the lawsuit.

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