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Valdosta considers city cable service provider

September 23, 2002

Valdosta - It's working for some South Georgia cities, like Thomasville, but others haven't been so lucky.

"Tifton is at a point where they aren't really making a profit yet, but I don't think they expected to at this particular point in time," said Larry Hanson, Valdosta City Manager.

But the city of Valdosta hopes to follow in the footsteps of cities like Thomasville and successfully establish their own municipal cable television service.

"When you look at Valdosta, with a population of almost 50,000, you can easily see that it has great potential for success in an area like this," said Hanson.

Mediacom is currently the leading provider of cable television service in Valdosta. They service about 35,000 homes, but if the city establishes their own system, that number will be drastically reduced.

According to city officials, that's bad news for Mediacom, but good news for Valdosta residents.

"When there is competition in the market prices drop and service improves," said Hanson.

Valdosta residents say anything to cut cable costs will be beneficial. "I'm a college student so I split my cable bill and its still a lot so anything to spark competition and reduce costs would be great," said Jaime Morris.

City officials say this effort is not an attempt to make money, but to provide more cost efficient and convenient service to Valdosta residents.

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