Major Cable Providers Set to String Cables through Laconia City

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One of the major cable TV providers of the country, Comcast® is all set to string the cable along the length and breadth of the Laconia city. This is mainly aimed at giving a tough competition to Atlantic Broadband for television services. The last Monday witnessed the city council entering into a deal with the cable TV giant. They signed a 10-year franchise agreement, which authorizes the largest cable company of the nation to commence operations in the city.

Comcast® spokesman, Marc Goodman, commented that the company anticipated strong ongoing demand from consumers. The businesses including wireless, internet, and telephone were also included in the list of services that came under one of the best cable deals of recent times.

“This project will take several months to complete in a variety of phases including design, permitting and ultimately construction and expansion of our network on a street-by-street basis in the city of Laconia,” Goodman said. Reports say that the company is planning to spread out its services to Gilford. It is already building a cable system in Rochester.

“From a business standpoint, we have Internet business speeds of 100 gigabytes per second, along with video and voice services,” he added. “For consumers, our suite of Xfinity products includes X1, our flagship video offering with a voice remote, live television, On Demand, Netflix, YouTube or even Amazon Prime.”

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In this new deal, Comcast® agreed to a payment of $10,000. This is a one-time payment, which would be utilized in the city for the development of a local emergency notification system.

The Councilor of the city Bruce Cheney issued a request to the company to make provision for a notification. This was mainly because Comcast® does not let local officials get into programming in case of an emergency. However, Atlantic Broadband does provide a local break-in pathway, although it has not yet been used. Comcast® will pay the city authorities $9,600 yearly. In other words, they will pay $96,000 over the contract lifetime.

Edward Merrill, regional general manager of Atlantic Broadband commented that his company is familiar with the competition. “Atlantic Broadband has always operated in markets with multiple providers and our product deployment plans for this region — which included major Internet speed upgrades for all customers, the launch of Gig-speed internet, and our new TV experience with voice remote powered by TiVo — were set into motion long before we acquired MetroCast last year,” he remarked on the new situation.

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