ACTING CONWAY TOWN MANAGER: TOWN CAN’T CONTROL CABLE OPERATOR

by Christian Mower on July 12, 2012

THE ACTING TOWN MANAGER OF CONWAY SAYS THE TOWN HAS NO REGULATORY AUTHORITY TO TELL THE CABLE COMPANY WHAT KIND OF CONTENT TO PROVIDE.

PAUL DEGLIANGELI IS REFERRING TO THE DISPUTE BETWEEN HEARST TELEVISION AND TIME WARNER CABLE ABOUT CARRIAGE OF LOCAL ABC AFFILIATES – INCLUDING WMUR TV IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WMTW IN MAINE.

HEARST PULLED ITS PROGRAMMING FROM TIME WARNER JULY 9TH AFTER TALKS BROKE DOWN ABOUT AN INCREASE IN FEES REQUESTED BY HEARST, SOMETHING TIME WARNER CABLE REFERS TO AS A “DEMAND FOR A NEARLY 300 PERCENT INCREASE” THAT IS “WAY OUT OF LINE.”

THE TOWN OF CONWAY HAS A LONG TERM FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH TIME WARNER CABLE TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE.

THE SITUATION WAS DISCUSSED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF CONWAY SELECTMEN.

ANOTHER ITEM DISCUSSED BY SELECTMEN WAS THE HUSSEY FIELD TURNOUT THAT HAS BEEN BUILT TO ALLOW FOR EASIER ACCESS TO THE SACO RIVER NEAR FIRST BRIDGE IN NORTH CONWAY.

DEGLIANGELI SAYS THE TEMPORARY SETUP STARTED RUNNING BEFORE THE FOURTH OF JULY. SEVERAL LIVERY COMPANIES THAT RENT CANOES AND KAYAKS HAVE DONATED MONEY TO THE TOWN – $750 EACH – TO FUND SPECIAL POLICE AND SEASONAL EMPLOYEE DETAILS AT THE SITE. THE TOWN HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN A GRANT OF JUST MORE THAN $12,000 FOR THE PROJECT FROM THE GIBSON-WOODBURY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.