Originally Posted by cfujoe
The franchise agreement doesn't give a monopoly to the cable provider. The video franchise that cable providers enter into allows the provider access to the City ROW in exchange for franchise fees and public access channels. There can, and are, many cities that have competing cable companies. It is pretty clear that, in these markets, direct competitive pricing has helped customers rather than harmed them.
If you live in Cedar Falls, remember that we'll have CBS on after December 1st
Yeah, I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV, but I guess what I meant was there is an effective
monopoly in Waterloo, that doesn't exist in Cedar Falls - I'm curious why KGAN wasn't also promoting people living in CF to switch from Mediacom to CFU, instead of that $10 per month for 15 month DirectTV rebate, doesn't seem fair to you guys.
I'm not taking sides against Mediacom, but at the end of the day, I still don't see how they can take off the only CBS affiliate, especially given that here in the Waterloo/CF area, KGAN (analog) is the one station that either barely comes in at all or when it does is usually only just watchable. For those who never bothered to buy cable, they obviously never cared about watching KGAN local programming nor CBS network shows, and for those of us with ATSC tuners, we are fine too (probably, what, all 12 of us around here), but for the large percentage of people who have always only had cable as their way of watching any of the broadcast networks... um, there are going to be thousands of people in this area screaming bloody murder.
I've already talked to three people about it who barely remember what rabbit ears look like, have Mediacom cable, and they are like deer in headlights. They can't even tell me what they are going to do, they simply can't let themselves believe it is even possible that something they've always taken for granted could be 30 days away from existing. Crazy.