Refund possible after cable failure

Refund possible after cable failure by David Lias Repeated failures of Vermillion's cable television system in late September prompted lengthy discussion among aldermen at Monday's Vermillion City Council meeting.

Council members noted that a provision in the franchise agreement between the city and Mediacom, Vermillion's cable television provider, calls for a refund to subscribers for instances when there is a major failure with the system that isn't beyond the cable company's control.

The first failure occurred Sept. 26, the same day that Vermillion High School was closed for the week because students and faculty were suffering health problems.

Local television stations came to Vermillion that day to cover the closing, but Vermillion people never had a chance to see the news.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Sept. 26, television screens in Vermillion went dark. Service didn't resume that night until approximately 10:30 p.m.

The cable system went down again Sept. 27 for several hours at the height of network coverage of Olympic games in Sydney.

On Friday, Sept. 29, cable service was interrupted in parts of the city when construction workers at the new fire station site cut a cable while digging.

"I tell you, when the Olympics are on and it goes out, you get a handful of calls in a hurry," Mayor William Radigan said.

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