Thursday, May 7, 2009

A confederacy of weasels

Comcast screwing West Virginia customers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Comcast cable no longer offers West Virginia public television as part of its basic subscription. Senator Mike Oliverio (D- Monongalia) is calling on West Virginia citizens across Northern West Virginia and both panhandles to call Comcast Cable and demand that they keep West Virginia Public Television available through basic subscription.

"All West Virginians should have access to their state's public television programming," said Oliverio. "The fact that Comcast Cable will not make WV PBS available to all of its paying customers is unacceptable."

Comcast Cable has decided to stop airing West Virginia Public Television through its basic subscription without upgrading to a cable conversion box. Although they are making the box free for one year in an introductory offer, Senator Oliverio believes that the idea of charging West Virginia citizens for public television they already pay taxes for is appalling. Even with one free box for a year, charges to ship the box to the home, installation and the fee for additional boxes for homes with more than one television will be excessive and unfair.

"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?" (Jeremiah 13:23.) (Yeah, that surprised me, too; I thought this was always attributed to Rudyard Kipling.)

(Doff of the TDOY chapeau to West Virginia Blue.)

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