What is the status of negotiations with Comcast and Verizon?
September 1, 2009 - The Board of Selectmen has signed a contract with Verizon New England, Inc. that will allow Verizon to provide cable television services in Easton. Access Information about cable services in Easton through this link - and read about the formation of the non-profit ECAT Corporation that will provide non-commercial (Public, Education, Government) programming in Easton.
August 11, 2009 - The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a public hearing to be held on Monday, August 31, 2009, at 7:30 pm in the Selectmen’s Hearing Room at the Easton Town Hall, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA 02356. The purpose of the hearing is to consider the cable television licensing process in Easton and the application for a cable television license received from Verizon New England, Inc. Applications, reports and statements filed or prepared pursuant to Massachusetts cable television licensing regulations are available for public inspection at the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours and for reproduction at a reasonable fee. For more information on the hearing, interested parties can call the Board of Selectmen’s Office at (508) 230-0501.
June 25, 2009 - The Town has signed its new contract with Comcast with an effective date of July 1, 2009. The new contract calls for the community of Easton to establish a non-profit access corporation. This non-profit will be funded in part by the contract and will be responsible for providing local government, education, and public access programming in our community.
In the near future, the Town will begin the process of establishing the public access non-profit, Easton Community Access Television, Inc. (ECAT). The ECAT will be looking for community members with energy, expertise, and vision to contribute to the development, implementation, and programming for the new station. Please feel free to call the Selectmen's Office (508) 230-0501 if you have any questions.
The Cable Advisory Committee has begun contract negotiations with Verizon as Verizon would like to provide cable service to our community. A completed contract is anticipated by September. Prior to a contract being signed with Verizon, there will be an advertised public hearing. At this hearing, residents will be able to voice comments, suggestions, and concerns. When a contract is signed and a license is issued, all FIOS services (phone, internet & television) will then be available in Easton in areas where Verizon has completed fiber installation. Installation may take longer in areas in Easton where utilities are underground. Therefore, FIOS services will not be available immediately in all sections of town.