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Harrietstown, Spectrum negotiate new cable contract

SARANAC LAKE — The Harrietstown Town Council and the Spectrum cable company are currently in negotiations for a new franchise contract.

The franchise contract gives Spectrum permission to operate in the town. Spectrum Director of State Government Affairs Kevin Egan presented information at Thursday night’s town council meeting.

2020欧洲杯体育投注官网 The previous contract, which was established in 2009, was set for 10 years and ensured the town 5% of Spectrum’s quarterly local earnings. The deal ended in October 2019, but Spectrum has continued to operate under that agreement until a new one is formed.

Town Supervisor Mike Kilroy said the Spectrum payments normally bring in about $7,000 a quarter. That money then goes into the town’s general fund. In all of 2018, the town took in $29,142 under the contract.

The Harrietstown contract does not include homes in the village of Saranac Lake. The village has a separate contract with Spectrum. The Harrietstown contract covers homes in places such as Lake Clear, Wawbeek and Coreys.

The new contract currently proposes a 15-year agreement at 5% every quarter.

2020欧洲杯体育投注官网 Spectrum would also install more infrastructure, but there are some requirements for that. If Spectrum is going to expand its TV, internet and phone services to an area, it requires 20 residencies per square mile.

“If it’s 15, they might not do that,” Kilroy said in a phone interview Friday. “Twenty seems to be the lowest they want to go, though.”

2020欧洲杯体育投注官网 If there are not enough homes in an area, Spectrum can cover part of the cost of laying the infrastructure, and private residents would cover the other part. At the meeting, Egan said there is some leeway, though, and Spectrum would consider providing new cable to an area that has only 19 residencies.

Kilroy said homes on the south side of Lake Kiwassa, the side farther from state Route 3, would be the first place to start if the town wants to get more infrastructure. That might require running lines underwater, and Egan said he would look into if Spectrum would want to do that.

2020欧洲杯体育投注官网 Kilroy said certain parts of these franchise contracts are not negotiable, but the council might want to try to change a few aspects.

“(The council) might want to say, ‘Let’s go only 10 years instead of 15 under the contract,'” he said. “We could ask for a 7% cut or maybe ask to reduce it from 20 houses to 15.”

Kilroy said he’d also like to negotiate free internet serivce for the Harrietstown Town Hall.

There will eventually be a public hearing on the matter, but Kilroy said it will probably be around July or August before a new agreement is reached.