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  •  Most cities negotiate the low end cable (4+ / 0-)
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    KingOneEye, Creosote, stodghie, AntKat

    you get only broadcast channels plus a few more depending on the deal. They do not advertise it, but every city I've ever lived in has had it. You need to call the cable company and ask specifically for the lowest level of basic cable.  This is required by cities in order to ensure working class folks and seniors aren't shut out of cable.  If the first person you talk to hasn't heard of it, CALL BACK. my dad had to call three times in portland to get someone who knew they were legally obligated offer it.

    It's one of many ways you can save money on cable. I get it and it makes me a "customer" so I get the customer rate on high speed internet, which saves me enough that I don't actually pay anything on the cable when you do the math.  I don't even need it, as I have an HDTV and get all the networks over the air for free crystal clear, but since it saves on the internet I take it for the couple of extra channels.

    Sadly, the new fcc deal on telephone companies going into tv broadcasting means that this deal may be coming to an end. The fcc is allowing the telephone companies to bypass local governments when setting up tv franchises, so they don't have to provide the basic basic cable or the community access donations for local high schools, etc.

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    by decembersue on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 05:43:11 PM PST

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    •  decembersue, You seem very savvy re: cable issues (2+ / 0-)
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      would you consider doing a diary about this?

      I remember cable coming to St. Pete, FL way back in '76, and just thought it was great! But then we had regulation of public utilities and the cost was minimal compared to what is being charged today.

      Not to mention the unrelenting marketing of "DIGITAL", by my provider Comcast.

      *Needed* A Dem who can win PA-18 in 2008!

      by AntKat on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 08:22:57 PM PST

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    •  Very interesting info - question though.. (0+ / 0-)

      Is HDTV available for free over the air in all cities?

      •  Most major metros have it now (0+ / 0-)

        Here in minneapolis, we even get 5 pbs channels free, plus a music channel that plays 80's, 90's, and 00's music without commercial. It's associated with WB. NBC has an all-weather updates channel in addition to its main channel, CBS has a second channel that repeats its news and puts out educational stuff. NBC is also putting out Qubo, a kids channel, this year over the air.

        In two years, everybody will get it. I use a $30 antenna to get mine, but if you're really far from the tower, you'll need an antenna on your roof.

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        by decembersue on Fri Jan 05, 2007 at 06:11:35 AM PST

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