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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