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Wednesday, July 02, 2003


Bristol, Virginia's FTTH system starts cable TV service with a huge backlog

Bristol, Virginia's FTTH system starts cable TV service with a huge backlog

I just learned of this article from two sources, Jim Baller (by e-mail) and Steve Minor (via his weblog, Southwest Virginia law blog).

As Steve's weblog puts it:
"After two lawsuits, two new laws, and lots of time and effort, Bristol Virginia Utilities is now providing cable television service along with high-speed Internet and telephone service, and the Bristol paper has this story on the first connected cable customer."

The article makes the point that Bristol already has a backlog of over 2,500 customers signed up and waiting to be connected for cable TV service.

Jim Kelley was the visionary at Bristol Virginia Utilities Board that got the whole project started and made it happen. As he points out: "It's quite possible for someone to save $400 or $500 a year if they use all three of our services."


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