The McAllen Monitor is reporting that Time Warner and the City of Mcallen (and other cities) have reached an agreement over previous disputes involving several Public Access Channels. The Monitor reports:
Allright, now that that's settled, where's my PAC schedule of televised events. I want to make sure I catch the latest installment of Willie Bote or Globie Tobie. Watchout American Playhouse.McAllen and other cities had opposed the move, concerned that people with older TVs would lose access to important information broadcast on those channels. Some older TVs will require a converter box to view digital channels.
Under the settlement agreement, Time Warner Cable will waive its $40 installation charge for people older than 64, those with disabilities and low-income subscribers. All TVs owned by the city or school district will receive a free converter box and installation.
Negotiators for eight Texas cities — McAllen, Edinburg, San Juan, Weslaco, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo and San Marcos — and the McAllen Independent School District reached the agreement on Nov. 10. McAllen’s elected officials approved the deal last Monday at their regular meeting after considering the matter in executive session.