Rejoice Cable Haters: A Little Competition in Rochester Could Improve Service
ROCHESTER — Comcast signed a 10-year cable agreement with the city bringing direct cable competition to the area.
The city approved the agreement at a council meeting Tuesday. Comcast said the work to extend its network will begin next year. It will provide TV, Internet, voice, home automation and wireless services.
“We welcome and applaud Comcast’s commitment to serve Rochester with its innovative services, and we are exceptionally pleased that Rochester will soon be able to offer a new choice of television, Internet, and phone providers to our residents and growing list of business owners,” said Rochester City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick in a prepared statement.
Comcast provides service to 103 other communities in New Hampshire and employs over 2,000 people in the Granite State.
“We are delighted to sign this 10-year franchise agreement with the City of Rochester and we are eager to bring our Xfinity and Comcast Business products and services to a city where there is clear consumer demand,” said Tracy Pitcher, senior vice president for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region.
The deal might not be good news for everyone though. Metrocast has been the longtime provider of cable and other telecommunication services in the area.
"At this time, MetroCast does not have any comment on the matter," said Andrew J. Walton, vice president of marketing and communications for MetroCast Communications.
With an office in Rochester, NH, MetroCast is very much a local business. MetroCast serves over 150,000 customers across New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.