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City looks at options for struggling iProvo

City looks at options for struggling iProvo



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- With iProvo's new subscriber numbers decreasing, city officials are looking at several options, including raising power bills, to get the struggling communication system back into the black.

The city was expecting a net gain of 60 subscribers per week during 2008 for the high-speed network that includes TV, Internet and telephone service. Instead, only about 15 new subscribers have signed up each week. The system has lost $1 million to $2 million per year since 2003.

Mayor Lewis Billings and others laid out strategies Monday to boost the system, including expanding its use for other ventures such as hosting web sites. Another possibility would be selling it to a private company.

Billings is expected to present a list of options May 6.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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