Cable TV Competition

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

Cable companies have marked their territories. Live in Rockford and you most likely get Insight Communications. Watch TV in Rochelle and likely it's Comcast Cable. It's been this way for years. But if the Governor signs a bill that allows AT&T to provide cable, internet and phone like other companies do, there's a chance you could save money.

"If you get more players, Insight will have to come up with different packaging different pricing and there would be somewhat of a war going on," says Insight customer Michael Stickels.

Insight Communications just started offering the three-play package. For phone, basic cable and high speed internet, it costs less than a hundred dollars. AT&T reps won't say how much they plan on charging. However unlike Insight, AT&T offers the ability to send live streaming video from a cell phone to a TV.

"We have absolutely no fear of competition we know we have a good solid product and have the best people to provide the service that our customers are looking for," says Joan Sage of Insight Communications.

AT&T will spend billions of dollars to convert existing phone lines to ones that could provide internet and cable. And when this happens, Insight customers like Michael Stickels say they'll look into making the switch.

If the Governor signs the bill and AT&T starts offering service in our area, expect to sign a contract if you decide to make the switch. AT&T requires a-one year contract. Insight Communications does not. So there's some options to weigh.

AT&T would not comment on when they plan on offering service in our area. However, if the Governor gives it the ok, we could see them sometime by the end of the year.

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  • by Linda Location: Belvidere on Jun 24, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    I know that this is not the purpose of this site, but I have a thought that I want to address. I have been continually thinking about the family from Candlewick Lake who had to move out of their home because of mold. I know that Insight Communications & Joan Sage had been trying to help them, but it seems to me that it will not be enough, since the family still has to pay the mortgage on a home that they will not ever be able to live in again. I was thinking about Ty Pennington's "Extreme Home Makeover" & thought that this family is just the kind that they like to showcase. My problem is that I can not remember the name of the family. I would love to nominate them, but would have a hard time doing that without their name. Can you get this message to Joan Sage. Maybe we can make a very big difference in the life of this family! Thanks, Linda Rosecke
  • by Cheryl Location: Rockford on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:47 AM
    It's about time. I have only lived in Rockford for 1 1/2 years and my insight bill has tripled.
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