Port Angeles: Council approves Northland cable agreement

PORT ANGELES — Local residents will be able to access high-speed cable modem connections as a result of a new Northland Cable Television franchise approved by City Council members Tuesday night.

In what council members deem a “win-win”‘ situation, they have approved a partnership with Northland Cable to expand channel options, add educational and government broadcasts and construct a fiber-optic network.

The franchise ordinance provides “another level of service, another option” to digital subscriber line and modem service currently available to Port Angeles-area residents, Councilwoman Karen Rogers said.

Northland and Port Angeles have been in negotiations since October 2001 over the company’s prior cable television franchise with the city, which expires in September 2003.

The new franchise cancels the city’s fiber-optic business plan and continues the plan’s goal of providing a broadband communications backbone for the community.


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