Monday, November 8, 2010

Cox Cable pulls surprise on city of Fayetteville, Arkansas, with plan to move public-access, government channel and educational channel to EXPENSIVE digital tier of channels: So much for open government when thousands of people will not be able to afford access to the public channels

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of Cox Cable advertisement in recent issue of The Northwest Arkansas Times.

For several years I have been able to turn away phone and online salesmen wanting me to take the satellite systems and later the Uverse TV system of AT&T.
But now Cox has set up a situation that will require me to drop their service and take the Uverse, which will automatically cut my cost because I have AT&T phone service already.
Cox has one thing the others don't have: The local public stations at minimal cost.
This is the time for the city administration to begin negotiating with COX. This is a draconian measure that will hurt COX in the long run.


Mr. Dooley said...

I thought the Telecommunications Board was supposed to negotiate the contract with Cox. When can we expect that?

aubunique said...

A young man with an office near the door of the Cox Building on Shiloh Drive in north Fayetteville told me that digital boxes will be offered free to those who do not have them for up to 2 years after the change. That might ease the pain for two years.

The sad thing is that the city has bought several new cameras for CAT and City 16 to broadcast in old tape-driven way on analogue. That suggests that people with the HD service still won't get HD quality.