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BOARD TELLS VILLAGE TO REJECT CABLE SHIFT

The Cable Television Advisory Board Thursday recommended that the Fredonia Village Board not consent to transfer of the cable franchise unless the state requirement that the system be rebuilt in 1995 is fulfilled.

If necessary, the advisory board said, the company should provide a bond to guarantee that the work will be done.

Cablevision Industries, whose agreement with the village expires in 1997, has been sold to Time-Warner Corp.

A letter to the village accompanying the forms for the transfer said, "We do not anticipate any changes at this time in the day-to-day operations of our local business. CVI has worked to operate a quality system in your community and we hope to build on this already high level of performance as we proceed with Time-Warner."

Steven Shaye, a specialist with the state Cable Television Commission, has told village officials that Cablevision has asked for a waiver on rebuilding the system in 1995 but that he will recommend that the waiver be denied.

The Fredonia cable system is more than 20 years old, and Cablevision has been promising to rebuild it this year as part of negotiations for a new contract.

Advisory board member Michael Sullivan noted the city of Ithaca withheld approval of a franchise transfer to Time-Warner, and the Fredonia board decided to contact the Ithaca Cable Television Board for more information.

Sullivan said the village board has 120 days from March 15 to act on the transfer request. He said he will contact state authorities to determine if public hearings or other actions are necessary.

In other matters, the board learned subscribers to the expanded basic service will receive a 51-cent rebate for the lack of New York Yankees games.

Advisory board coordinator Brad Markham reported the local access channel has had more programming, including a candidates' meeting held before the March 13 election and broadcast from the Opera House in Village Hall. The channel also had live coverage on election night.

The board also discussed making up questionnaires about past service and future needs for the cable service.

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