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Tuftonboro cable contract hearing coming April 16

JOE KOWALSKI, secretary of the Tuftonboro Cable Contract Committee (left), and Tuftonboro Selectmen Carolyn Sundquist and Bill Stockman look over the Time-Warner Cable TV coverage site map with interest. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
April 07, 2011
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro's Cable Contract Committee is hosting a hearing on Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at the Old Town House to ascertain residents' level of satisfaction with Time Warner cable television service.

The town's contract with Time Warner comes up for renewal in October, and the meeting represents the culmination of the committee's information gathering.

Committee members Joe Kowalski, Bob Spurr, Keith Garrett, Bob Theve and selectmen's representative Dan Duffy, began meeting in May 2009 and will disband in October following the signing of the new contract.

The committee sent out a 20-question survey to residents and reportedly collected 80 responses. A chief concern appears to be Time-Warner's switching of channels, which now emanate from the Portland area rather than Boston. According to Attorney Kate Miller of Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, hired to represent Tuftonboro, the company is in its rights to do so, but residents are encouraged to express their opinions to the Time-Warner representative in attendance.

The site map, which shows the location of cable connections and service throughout Tuftonboro, will be available at the meeting for residents to view. Miller has said that if there is anyone who is said to have service but is not getting effective coverage, now is the time to let that be known. Noncompliance provides leverage in negotiation of a new contract.

Martin Lord Osman
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