Port Angeles: City Council will review cable TV report

PORT ANGELES — Cable TV customers could see some major changes in their service in the coming years, thanks to a new franchise agreement and competition from satellite dish networks.

Northland’s current franchise with Port Angeles expires in September 2003.

The City Council is expected to take the first official step in the renewal process at its meeting Tuesday night.

Northland asked last October to begin the franchise renewal process, said Larry Dunbar, city power resource manager.

“This is standard procedure in the renewal process. Eventually we will negotiate a new franchise agreement,” said Northland Cable Regional Manager Pete Grigorieff.

Northland is replacing 130 miles of its 250 miles of coaxial cable with fiber-optic lines and increasing its number of channels at no additional cost to the customer, Grigorieff said.

The idea is to compete with satellite dish networks, which offer dozens of more channels, he said.

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