Top Stories March 5, 2018

Cable Fight Goes Prime Time Tonight

by Jackson Hole. Media

The cable franchiser for Jackson may find themselves on the wrong side of a franchise agreement when they are discussed by the Jackson Town Council tonight.

Charter Spectrum cable pulled programming early this year from KPVI TV in Pocatello, the station that was the source for NBC network programming. That programming included the Super Bowl and the 2018 Winter Olympics coverage.

The cable operator said that the parent company of KPVI wanted too much money during renewal discussions and would be taken off the system.

KPVI indicated that the cable operator was actually at fault.

Nonetheless, residents in the Town of Jackson were and remain incensed about the lack of coverage and many have turned to the Town Council for redress.

Councilmembers instructed legal staff to explore remedies at their disposal in regards to the rules for franchise agreements between the cable company and the town.

A franchise agreement allows the operator to make use of rights of ways on town streets and alleys to provide the service.

The town may decide to ask the Federal Communications Commission to force Charter Spectrum to restore the programming, retract any possible misleading statements made to customers, and pay fines.

The meeting is at Town Hall on Pearl Avenue beginning at 6:00 pm.

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