|By Al Owens
general manager of the Adelphia Cable's Chillicothe/Portsmouth office, appeared at last
week's city council meeting to discuss the status of the cable system.
He said that Vanceburg's system has a 30-volt power supply. The February ice storm left
a guy wire down, the tower is leaning, and an antenna is damaged. Repairs, he said, are in
Randles said the company will upgrade the system within the next 45 days and plans to
add seven new channels. They are ESPN2, the Food Network, Lifetime, Fox News, the Home and
Garden Channel, FX (mostly NASCAR races) and Trinity Broadcasting (a religious channel).
The additional services are the result of surveys taken among Vanceburg customers.
He explained that 200MHz amplifiers are being retrofitted with 550MHz amplifiers. All
old cable will be replaced. The 30-volt power supplies will be upgraded to 60-volt power
supplies throughout the system.
"Between the cable, the electronics and the power supplies, this system in 45 days
will look remarkably different," Randles said.
He said that all the labor would be done in-house with no outside contractors involved.
Randles also announced that beginning July 1 the basic rate would increase from the
current $31,25 to $33.75.
Mayor William T. Cooper responded by telling Randles that the city has heard a lot of
promises from Adelphia before but the promises of improved service and additional channels
have never been kept.
Al Owens/Lewis County Herald
At the June 2 meeting of the Vanceburg City Council Blaine
Randles, general manager of the Chillicothe/Portsmouth office of Adelphia Cable, explained
the rate increase and planned improvements to the local cable system.
The mayor complained about the rates being increased before any improvements are ever
Cooper said that he city could complain to the FCC about the poor service from Adelphia
but has been very patient and has not yet done so. He added that Vanceburg gets much less
for the customers' money than other communities get.
Randles replied that he would pass that message on to his superiors.
He added that in August of this year, the company plans to install digital equipment
and that 100 more channels would be available in the Vanceburg area.