February 8, 2007

NEMO Rural Telephone Company Seeking Local Cable Franchise

Cable television service through your phone line Ė representatives of Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company recently announced that this may soon be an option for its area customers.

CEO Gary Godfrey met with the Memphis City Council on February 1st to discuss receiving a cable franchise agreement with the city to begin offering television services to city residents.

Scotland County board members for the cooperative, Jim Kigar and Richard Stevenson also were present for the meeting.

The group sought city approval for a contract that would allow the cooperative to begin offering the cable service in the near future.

Currently the city of Memphis has a franchise agreement with Longview Communications, which pays a three percent franchise fee. The agreement is not exclusive.

Godfrey stated he could not speak for the board but felt like a similar franchise deal would be acceptable to the phone company.

The company has not finalized the programming package for the service but the CEO indicated it would be similar in price and quality to the cable packages offered by Direct TV and Dish Network. The phone company however would also offer the local network affiliate stations.

The phone cooperative had been considering adding the service the past two years when the provider considered purchasing a cable system or partnering with other area phone service providers in such a venture.

The new service will be provided through Fidelity Cablevision of Sullivan, MO, which is owned and operated by Fidelity Phone Company.

The new cable programming is expected to be available later this year. It will require a high-speed Internet connection from the phone company.

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