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Area towns again tune into Charter cable

March 16, 2010
Despite calling for research into alternate television service options several months ago, the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen signed a new five-year contract with Charter Communications Monday.

At the same time, further down Route 20, Brimfield residents discussed some of their issues with representatives from the same cable provider.

In Sturbridge, selectmen charged the Cable Advisory Committee with seeking potential service providers other than Charter in response to a number of on-again-off-again issues relating to quality of broadcasts and other issues.

Although the determination was made that any other service provider would require installation of infrastructure — utility poles, cable lines — and that Charter was really the only viable option, the contract negotiated between Charter and the Cable Advisory Committee appears to be an amicable one.

In a notice to the Board of Selectmen, Interim Town Administrator Michael Racicot, who also sits on the advisory committee, said of the contract, "We think it is a good proposal and provides the town with a solid five-year roadmap to improve PEG access and service to the community."

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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