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Tell Lowell why you love LTC!


By jwilson - Posted on 28 October 2012

 

The Lowell City manager is holding two public hearings to gather information about Lowell's cable television needs. All cable subscribers and interested parties are invited to attend the hearings and share comments or suggestions about cable service.

These hearings will be held on MARCH 13 and APRIL 10 starting at 6:30 PM in the City Hall Council Chamber.

Information from the hearings directly effects Lowell's contract with COMCAST cable, and LTCs ability to continue bringing you local coverage of meetings and other important programing in the coming years. We invite you to please join the meetings and tell Lowell what is important to you about LTC's local cable.

These hearings are also incredibly important for LTC. As you may know, 80% of our funding comes directly from Comcast as part of their contract with the City, called franchise fees, this payment ensures that for use of our land to run cable, Comcast will give us back use of some cable bandwidth for local communications.

I urge you to please JOIN US at one or both of the hearings and tell Comcast what you love about LTC, and what role we have played in your life. Your opinions are an important part of preserving local cable access.

Just a note, some things that cannot be negotiated at the cable hearings include:
• what channels Comcast offers and where they are placed
• asking for other service providers like Verizon
• asking for cheaper rates

But you can advocate for:
• support for LTC via franchise fees and capital payments
• senior citizen discounts
• services/areas to be offered
• more visibility for LTC programming via: listings in the program guides, broadcasting in the HD tier, and space on Comcast Video on Demand

If you cannot make the hearings you can also submit written or email comments or suggestions to Miran Fernandez, MIS, Chief Information Officer, City Hall, 375 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852. Or email: mfernandez@lowellma.gov