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Television viewers in Niagara county will be able to receive more channels and sharper pictures after Adelphia Cable Co. completes a $7 million project to install 350 miles of fiber optic cable throughout the county, said Vincent Laurendi Jr., the company's regional general manager.

System upgrades have been completed in Wheatfield, Pendelton and North Tonawanda and Adelphia will test the new cables in Youngstown, Wilson, Cambria and Porter next month, Laurendi said. Cables will be installed in Lewiston , the Town of Niagara and Niagara Falls early in the new year he said. The work is being done by Cablemasters of Erie, Pa.

Adelphia is designing new systems for Lockport and Newfane. All the systems will be activated in stages during next year. The upgrade in Niagara County is part of a $300 million improvement in cable systems throughout Western New York.

"The cable television industry has been changing dramatically in the last decade," Laurendi said. "This new system allows Adelphia to offer more channels, enhanced picture quality and improved service."

The system enhancements will also permit two-way "Power Link" Internet access, he added,

In most of Niagara County, Adelphia provides a high speed service that downloads information from the Internet to home computers through the cable line, but uses a telephone connection to reach the Internet.

The new two-way service eleminates the need for a phone line and routes traffic through the cable line, Laurendi said.

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