Lawsuit Against Comcast Installing Security Systems Overturned by Massachusetts Attorney General

Comcast’s Xfinity system ‘does not constitute a security system’ and therefore the company is free to operate without a license or permit for its security work.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey overturned a cease and desist order against Comcast stemming from a 2012 lawsuit backed by the Electrical Board that had kept the company from installing security systems in two towns in Massachusetts.

The ruling states Comcast’s Xfinity system “does not constitute a security system” and the company is free to continue operating in those areas without obtaining a license or permit for its security work.

According to a source with knowledge of the legal proceedings, two electrical inspectors — one in Andover, Mass., the other in Amesbury — filed the cease and desist orders for those areas back in 2012, which was upheld by the Electrical Board.

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Comcast then appealed the lawsuit. The Massachusetts Systems Contractors Association (MSCA) suspended the lawsuit based on the Electrical Board’s decision, leaving it in the hands of the Attorney General, the source said.

The Attorney General’s decision overturns the Electrical Board’s decision, stating that Comcast’s Xfinity system does not fall under the regulations of normal security system installation. Comcast is now free to operate as it normally would have without a license or permit.

Stay with SSI as more information becomes available on this issue.

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