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					                                                                                   Government Affairs
                                                                                   3080 Centreville Road
                                                                                   Herndon, VA 20171


December 11,2003

Anthony Barrett                                                 __
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County Administrator, Spotsylvania Cou ty2-.   "

P.O. Box 99
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Dear Mr. Barrett:                                                                  COMMUNICATIONS

As one of our community partners, I want to make you aware of an issue you may hear
about between Cox and ESPN. As you may know, Cox pays the owners of cable
networks for rights to deliver channels on Cox Cable. We work hard to minimize the
impact of these cost increases on our customers. Last year, our programming costs grew
by an average of 12%, while we did not raise our prices at all. In fact, Cox has not raised
basic rates since 2000 and Expanded Basic rates since 2001.

This year, ESPN is demanding an average 20% rate hike from Cox in 2004. ESPN has
raised prices more than 20% a year over the past five years. ESPN is already Cox's most
expensive standard cable channel and costs more than the seven top-rated networks
combined. We recognize that sports networks are valuable to some of our customers, but
we simply cannot agree to these astronomical price increases because it is unfair to all
Cox customers, who ultimately end up paying the price.

We think the solution is simple: ESPN must moderate its price increases. If ESPN
refuses, Cox wants the ability to place the network on an optional tier - but only as a last
resort if they won't act responsibly in their pricing. Currently, they dictate that their
channel is distributed to all standard-cable customers. That becomes a problem when one
channel raises their price so alarmingly and out-of-line with other channels. We don't
think it will be necessary to charge for this network as part of a separate tier - if ESPN
can agree to moderate their price increases.

We are actively negotiating new multi-year contracts with ESPN, with a singular goal in
mind: protecting Cox customers and the great value of cable TV - for sports fans and
non-sports fans alike. It is unfortunate that during these negotiations ESPN has chosen to
run a misleading advertisement in today's Fairfax Weekly section of the Washington
Post. I am enclosing a copy of the advertisement for you. So, while we have every
intention to continue offering both networks on standard-cable, that will require
cooperation from ESPN, and their pledge to help us protect the value of cable TV for
American consumers.
We value your opinion and our relationship. I wanted you to know where Cox stands on
the issue. If you have any questions, I hope you will contact me directly at 703-480-5248.
I will keep you posted on our progress.


Kathryn Falk
Vice President Government Affairs
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                                                                                                          DON'T LET COX TAKE AWAY
                                                                                                          YOUR SPORTSCENTER.        L

                                                                                                          Cox Cable wants to rip ESPN from your

                                                                                                          basic cable lineup and make you pay more

                                                                                                          No more Sportscenter.
                                                                                                          N o more NBA on ESPN.
                                                                                                          No more Sunday Night Football.

                                                                                                         For more information, log onto our website,

                                                                                                and find out whars at stake

                                                                                                         for sports fans.

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