SLC Grants Cable Franchise to Qwest

SLC Grants Cable Franchise to Qwest

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City residents will soon have another choice when it comes to picking a cable provider.

Last night, the City Council granted Qwest Communications a franchise to provide cable service, competing with the sole provider, Comcast.

Councilman Dave Buhler says it will be a great opportunity to be one of two percent of cities in the country to have a head-to-head competition. Qwest says where there is competition, rates are 15 percent less.

Comcast protested the decision. They say they welcome competition, but feel Qwest will gain an unfair advantage because they won't have to offer cable throughout the city.

Qwest officials say they do NOT know when cable service would begin, but say it will be in less than two years.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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