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LOCKPORT COUNCIL TO AIR CABLE-TV RATE COMPLAINTS

The Common Council is expected to air complaints about increased cable television rates July 11 at the request of several aldermen.

John R. Gill, manager of Jones Cable Television of Lancaster, appeared before the Council's work session Wednesday at the invitation of Council President Alfred J. Cappola, D-7th Ward, after Alderman Richard C. Corica, D-1st Ward, received complaints over increased rates that take effect Sunday when the cable system expands its 12-channel basic service to 22 channels.

Gill estimated the average subscriber would probably pay "between $2 and $5" more a month for the 22-channel service. He said the company "is trying to provide a balanced service."

He also told the Council that, "as of now, we are getting almost no reaction from the public (over the increase)."

He did acknowledge, however, "that there may be some at the end of July (when the next bills are due)."

Alderman Elroy D. Powley, R-4th Ward, a critic of the rate increase, responded: "But you are forcing people to accept broader service when they are not asking for it, then using that as a basis for an increase. That's like adding a half ounce (of meat) to hamburger and then doubling the rate."

He and Cappola said most subscribers have been content with the current cable package.

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