On May 3 at 6 p.m. at town hall, the town of Ocean View will hold a public hearing to solicit public input about the town’s cable operator Mediacom and to “identify future cable-related community needs.”
Ocean View teamed with Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Millville to try and have stronger negotiation leverage.
“I contacted them because there’s strength in numbers and I thought we might do better,” said town manager Conway Gregory. “The four of us have come together to jointly negotiate what we hope will be an improved franchise agreement with Mediacom. We’re not looking to enhance our franchise fees because that will only be passed along on to the consumer.”
The four towns have hired Cohen Law Group out of Pittsburg, Penn. that focuses on cable and telecommunications law, to negotiate a new contract, as the current agreement is set to expire next year.
“What we’ve heard loudly and clearly from our constituents in the past is that they want better service. So as part of the negotiations our attorney has advised us to hold a public hearing, ask the public to come out and tell us what they like and dislike about Mediacom because that will help us in terms of crafting what we want Mediacom to do in terms of providing better services to our citizens.”
Gregory noted that each town decides whether or not to hold a public hearing regarding the cable renewal negotiations, adding that the town had previously held a public hearing regarding Mediacom about a year and a half ago.
He hopes that the second public hearing will give more residents the opportunity to share their opinions on Mediacom services and how they may be improved.
“I encourage everyone to come out on May 1 at 6 p.m. and share with us your thoughts,” he added.