Eight large co-op apartment buildings in Manhattan will no longer be able to stop Time Warner Cable from selling its cable service to their residents, giving TW a victory over its wireless competitor Liberty Cable.

That was the crux of a decision handed down by the New York State Supreme Court, says Bob Jacobs, VP and general counsel for Time Warner’s NYC cable group.

Liberty, which microwaves its signal to the individual buildings, has become the cable service most of these co-op dwellers subscribe to because, says Jacobs, “it charges a special low rate — it’s not regulated” the way TW Cable is.

Wallpaper trashing

Jim McNaughton, attorney for the co-op buildings defending the suit, says he may appeal the decision to the state Court of Appeals because the owners of the co-ops “don’t want Time Warner drilling holes and stapling cable wires to walls, in the process trashing expensive wallpaper and cabinets.”

In four of the eight co-ops, these “building-specific wiring issues,” says a statement by TW Cable, will now go to the state’s cable commission for adjudication unless an appeal puts the issue back in the courts.

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