View Full Version : Changing Channels: Comcast/Adelphia Switch Set for Friday

07-28-2006, 12:50 AM
Jul. 27--Adelphia customers may begin seeing some changes in their cable TV service next week, when Comcast Cable takes over operation of its bankrupt rival, officials said this week.

Jody Doherty, vice president of public relations for Comcast, said she could not give many details about price changes or new TV stations. But she welcomed the new customers into the Comcast system.

"We look forward to successfully integrating the Adelphia communities and introducing Comcast's innovative, unique products," Doherty said. "We have a philosophy of localized management and customer service and a very strong commitment to the community."

Comcast officially closes on the acquisition of Adelphia on Friday, Doherty said. The purchase cleared its last regulatory hurdle earlier this month, when the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of Adelphia's assets to Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Monongalia County's cable service was included in Comcast's part of the deal.

Morgantown City Manager Dan Boroff said he has not had any communication from Comcast recently. The city was notified about two months ago that there would be little change in the cable rates or operations after the changeover, Boroff said.

The city has a franchise agreement with Adelphia, Boroff said, and Comcast will largely take over the same agreement.

The agreement does not spell out how much the cable company can charge customers for service or what channels, etc. are offered, Boroff said. The city has little control over how the service is administered.

"Thirty or 40 years ago, local governments had substantial influence," Boroff said. "But that authority has been steadily eroded by changes in federal law."


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Source: The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.)

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