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Re: Northern VA CATV systems
From: "Craig A. Haney" <craig () seamless kludge net>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 07:43:27 -0400

Here is an article in a local publication about the local CATV service. The local county government is getting involved.


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From "The Connection", Volume XV, Number 18 May 2-8, 2001, Page 11

Cox Internet Quality Questioned

Having received numerous telephone calls and e-mails from constituents about the quality of Road Runner Internet service, a subsidiary of Cox Communications, Supervisor Gerald Connolly (D-Providence) has decided to get the Board of Supervisors involved.

"Road Runner represents that it provides quick and efficient service with infrequent downtime, said COnnolly. "Unfortunately, Road Runner does not seem to be living up to its image."

According to Connolly there have been times where service has been down for as much as a day.

Connolly asked the board's support in asking the County's Department of Telecommunications and Consumer Services to require Cox to advise the department of all outage times and find a mechanism for automatically applying a credit to consumer's accounts for delays in excess of hour hours a day.

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At 8:28 PM -0400 07/05/2001, RJ Atkinson wrote:
 >> Some areas still have both a contract with the local government, and tax
 breaks and other services provided to them by the local government. This is
 why the 'open access' arguement is raging fiercly in places like Northern
 Virginia -- Fox Cable got millions in tax and right of access breaks from
 the government over the years, but now claims that they own the cable and
 shouldn't be required to resell access to competitors.

The above is just plain wrong, fact-wise.  I live in Northern
VA.  The cable company you are trying to name is "Cox Cable",
I think, though it might be Comcast.  They got ZERO in breaks,
because they just took over the system from Media General.
The system they got from Media General was so run down that
Cox is having to re-build the entire system.  Ditto for Comcast,
which took over the Reston, Prince William County, Arlington,
and Alexandria systems, which were also in bad shape (e.g.
mostly copper, little if any fibre) prior to Comcast.

There might be different places where the CATV firms got a break,
but Northern VA was not one of them.

Oh, and there is no raging "open access" debate in Northern VA
going on.  By and large, the folks with Cox/RoadRunner or
Comcast () Home are happy with their service.  There aren't protests,
the newspapers (e.g. The Washington Post) don't have any articles
about such a local 'debate', etc.

Oh yes, and before you get into ad hominem attacks, I don't
own stock in either Cox or Comcast (never have) and don't work
for them (never did), so I have no axe to grind in what I say

There might or might not be merits in forced access to CATV
cabling, but inventing fictional accounts of what's happened
in Northern VA is not contributing to a discussion of that topic.

rja () inet org

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