Town extends cable franchise agreement
SHARPSBURG - The town has extended its franchise agreement with Adelphia cable through the end of the year, Mayor Hal Spielman said.
Sharpsburg and Adelphia were operating under an agreement that expired more than two years ago.
Spielman said the town agreed to the extension through December 2004 while negotiations continue for a long-term deal.
Town Attorney Charles Wagaman has said Adelphia originally proposed an agreement for a 15-year-deal with an additional five-year period, following a contract renegotiation.
Wagaman said a counterproposal should call for the company to provide free cable access to the police and fire departments, and to expand the number of issues that would fall under allowable "customer complaints."
Adelphia officials have said the company, which filed for bankruptcy in June 2002 amid allegations of white-collar crime, is under new management and will emerge from bankruptcy by the second quarter of 2004.