By Thomas D’Agostino
WEBSTER - A public hearing for the Charter Cable contract was held on Monday, March 4, at the town hall. Residents were encouraged to attend.
The issue focused on a ten-year minimum contract with Charter Cable for public access, educational, and government channels, 11,12 and 13 in Webster. The negotiations were put on the table for the public to hear. According to Thomas Cohen, Director of Government Relations for Charter Cable, Webster is currently paying a 1% franchise fee while some other communities are as high as 3%. At present, Charter pays the town $.50 per customer, roughly $18,000 per year to fund the production and programming of the access channels. It is now up to the Cable Advisory Committee to listen to the citizens and make their decision.