WAWARSING – Town officials, including Supervisor Terry Houck, met with Kevin Egan of Charter Communications, the company behind Spectrum Cable TV and Internet service, on Tuesday, June 26. Solutions are being sought between the town and Charter Communications for the issue of a lack of cable connection in some parts of the town.
Houck said that Brown Road was “discussed at length, as the town board had approved $55,000 for connecting homes there in April.” Houck added that since then another $25,000 in “make ready costs” has become apparent. Egan said in the meeting that he would verify those costs and the starting time for the work on connecting Brown Road.
The town has been without a franchise agreement with Charter since 2016 and is negotiating with the company over a new one. A new franchise agreement was distributed and is being reviewed. Carol McTague, Community Relations Director at the New York State Public Service Commission, also attended the meeting. She will review the franchise agreement and discuss it with supervisor Houck.
Houck said, “Another meeting is set with Kevin Egan and myself to look at underserved areas of the town.”
At the June 26 meeting, which was attended by members of the town Cable Committee, and town board member Roger Buchwalter, the town asked for updates on the status of Berme Road, Foordmore Road, Mt. Meenagha Road and Lackawack, all of which are being studied to see if extending cable service there would be feasible. Egan indicated that he would have these updates within a week.
The supervisor will meet with Egan on July 11 to examine the proprietary map of the town that shows where cable has been put in place. Discussion and argument about such a map has been going on for several years. Charter Communications regards its map as a private, proprietary asset that cannot be shared with the public, or even with towns. Thus, a non-disclosure agreement was discussed with Egan, and Town Supervisor Houck will need to sign off on this disclosure agreement in order to be able to view the map and discuss it with Egan.
It was agreed, tentatively, that another meeting of the Cable Committee with Egan would take place within three weeks.