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Residents in favor of RCN coming to city

Residents said they want competition in terms of cable providers in the Beach City and they let their voices and pocketbooks be heard on Monday night.

Cable TV newcomer RCN appeared before the city on August 21 to have a public ascertainment hearing on whether or not the city will grant them a contract. Currently, the only cable provider in the city is Comcast whose contract expires March 18, 2018.

“I speak in favor of competition,” said School Committeewoman Carol Tye. “Competition is what is best for the city.”

Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso agreed.

“Competition leads to better prices for our consumers,” he said. Guinasso said he pays $244 a month for Comcast and does not have any of the premium channels like HBO or Stars. While the city cannot negotiate rates, Guinasso said competition would eventually lower the rates in the city.

Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said “competition is a key thing in any world and Revere needs it to.”

Councilor-at-Large Steve Morabito said he is in favor of RCN getting a contract with the city because it will give residents a choice.

Others wanted to make sure if RCN is granted a contract that they give RevereTV all the resources they need.

“RTV is a lifeline to active seniors and seniors that are isolated in their homes,” said Steven Fielding, director of the senior center.

Others agreed.

“I would ask for the continued support for Revere Television,” said Matthew Amato.

Amato said he would like to see RevereTV be able to broadcast in high definition.

“They do a great job showcasing the Sandcastle Festival and they should be able to do that in high def,” he said.

Ward 5 Councillor John Powers agreed.  “High definition is necessary,” he said.

Novoselsky said RevereTV is an asset to the city because of its rich multicultural programming and that it highlights the many different demographics Revere has to offer.

Thomas Steel of RCN said they would be willing to give RevereTV three channels with high definition. Also, they would be willing to hook up city buildings and schools with 3D fiber optics so it would be easier for RevereTV to do live broadcasts.

Steel said if customers decide to go with RCN, they should expect quality customer service.

“We have to compete with the giants,” he said. “We have to provide customer service on a higher level to survive.”

He said it will take six months to a year for RCN to set up everything they need before customers can get their services.

Steel said RCN is in 16 communities in the state and was impressed by the turnout of residents at City Hall.

“It’s great to see people are interested in different cable providers,” he said.

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