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With Comcast the only show in town for cable service providers, the Board of Selectmen wants to reach out to other companies as possible cable options for residents.
The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to pursue additional cable options for the Town of Saugus.
Selectman Jeff Cicolini said it would be great for residents to have another cable service provider to choose from.
Cicolini said his monthly cable/high-speed Internet bill works out to more than $300, noting that there are a lot of residents on fixed incomes who could benefit from the presence of a lower cost cable service provider that brings more competition.
“I’m sure we’re all feeling the pain,” Cicolini said.
It doesn’t hurt to contact cable service providers other than Comcast to see if they are interested in expanding to Saugus, Cicolini said. He noted that RCN recently became available to residents in Peabody.
Selectman Debra Panetta pointed out the town has sent several letters to Verizon in the past inviting the company to offer cable in town.
Verizon has declined to come to Saugus due in part to infrastructure costs, Panetta said.
Panetta said it’s a good idea to reach out again to other cable service providers about the possibility of doing business in Saugus.
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