Shrewsbury Delays Vote On New Cable Contract

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SELCO General Manager Michael Hale discusses changes in cable operations during a Jan. 31 meeting with Shrewsbury selectmen. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck (file)

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Selectmen put off a vote Tuesday on renewing the town's 10-year cable contract with Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations.

Selectman Chairman Maurice DePalo said the wording of the contract was still being examined by the town attorney.

The board will readdress the cable contract Feb. 26.

In December 2012, SELCO General Manager Michael  Hale informed the selectmen that cable rates would likely increase for subscribers, due, in part, to the high demand for bandwidth used to deliver Internet content.

In January, Hale said the utility wanted to reduce the senior citizen discount on cable from 25 percent to 10 percent over 10 years. In addition, the discount would not be applied to any new customer after April 1. He said this could save the utility about $260,000.

Selectmen entered into their record the letters and emails from four residents in the past week protesting the change to the discount.

SELCO serves about 12,000 households and is the town's sole cable and electric operator.

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