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Cable competition may be coming to Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Mediacom could soon have some cable competition in Albany.   L2Networks, An Albany telecommunications company, that provides phone and Internet service, wants to get into the cable business.

Right now, the only alternatives to Mediacom are satellite services.   At S&S Satellite, they say now that customers can get local networks on Dish Network, which they install, they are getting more of the cable share in the market.    

That's now also the case for Direct-TV, and another cable service, L2Networks may also soon change the game of entertainment choice in Albany.

It's a service most people pay for every month, cable TV.  And for years, wherever you were, you only had one option, and little recourse if you were unhappy.

Steven Lash said, "The biggest complaint is the price and service and reliability and so it's three big problems."  Problems that have led to Lash, co-owner at S&S Satellite, getting new customers switching over to Dish.

He says his new clients are constantly complaining about the quality of their current service.  He said, "I haven't met anybody that was happy with their service.  I'd say 90% of my business comes from cable swapovers."

Since local channels went on Dish Network, Lash says he's seen a three fold increase in his business.  He expects DirectTV has seen similar results and says he welcomes the idea of another provider in the area.

Lash said, "It will benefit everybody because you know it's only going to make Dish and Direct, Mediacom, everybody, take a look at what they're doing and how they can better their service, which is in turn, going to better the viewers by better pricing and better channels and better service."

Having the choice to pick a provider that offers the best service for their TV needs.

L2Networks CEO Kraig Beahn told WALB that after working through regulatory issues, they hope to deliver service to the first paying subscriber in about six months. 

Mediacom Cable told us they are aggressively marketing to keep their current clients and attract new ones.  The Albany City Commission is expected to discuss a franchise agreement with L2Networks at their meeting next Tuesday.

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