Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) says it will demand that residents on the Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick pay installation fees of $2,139 if they would like to subscribe to its high-speed Internet, pay TV and phone service.
The installation fee is included in a cable franchise agreement that Comcast negotiated with the town of Edgartown, Mass., which includes Chappaquiddick. Comcast picked up the Edgartown franchise through its acquisition of cable systems in the Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard area from Adelphia Communications in 2005, but it has never offered service on Chappaquiddick.
Since the remote island only has 270 residents, Comcast says it will require at least half of the homeowners to sign contracts that would commit them to two years of service before it will begin construction.
Subscription video programming from DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) and Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) is already available on the island, and AT&T (NYSE: T) offers residents its DSL service. Comcast offers much faster speeds through its Xfinity cable modem product, which includes a 105 Mbps tier. But it's not clear if it will be able to sign enough residents to wire Chappaquiddick.
- The Martha's Vineyard Times has this story
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