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Lanesboro to get new cable/internet service

Fri, Jun 23rd, 2006
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Brian Jerviss of Ace Communications shared the details of an alternative cable TV/high-speed Internet service for Lanesboro at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting June 19. Jerviss presented the proposed cable franchise agreement to the council and answered questions about Aces plans there. Service will be provided through existing phone lines. Old cable lacking the capability to keep moisture out has been replaced; newly installed cable will be able to support the higher bandwidth needed for TV service.

Ace hopes to test the system in July and August with a possible public offering as soon as August. Ace currently offers such service in Rushford, Houston, Hokah, LaCrescent, Dakota, Caledonia, and Eitzen. Lanesboro, however, will get a new type of equipment that will utilize IP technology rather than the Motorola phone data equipment used in the other cities. Ace plans to bury fiber optic from Lanesboro to Canton; the pipe is already in the ground in Lanesboro, so there will not be a lot of construction necessary.

A public access channel (with a maximum value of $5,000) will be included with the franchise with Ace. A fiber optic line will be installed in City Hall if necessary. HDTV may be available as soon as next year. According to Jerviss, the construction of a new head end in Rushford with MPEG4 technology will be HD ready. At this time, only the city itself and perhaps Whalan will receive TV/high-speed Internet service; reception is dependent on distance (12,000 feet from the distribution center in each city). Later, rural areas may be able to receive such service as well. Channel line-ups have not been solidified yet; however, Jerviss said Ace plans to do as many twin cities channels as they can.

The council agreed to review the franchise agreement and make a decision on it at their July 5 meeting.

Sidewalk and junk

ordinance hearings

Dual public hearings were held at the council meeting. The Garnatzs appeared to question the measurement of their sidewalk, claiming to have a fifty-foot lot. The council decided to have the sidewalk remeasured for the Garnatz property as well as the neighboring Victorian House. Following the hearing, the council set the sidewalk replacement interest rate at 4.83 percent for seven years.

Jerry Haugen and Nick Charlebois came to the junk ordinance .....
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